Contamination in soils at Scott Base, AntarcticaEntry ID: ECA072
Abstract: Soil samples taken from excavated pits on traverses across New Zealand's Scott Base, Antarctica, were analysed for Ag, Al, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn. The soils had high conductivity and pH values generally increasing with depth and in the range 8.3±10.1. The water leachate generally contained most of the extractable metals except Mn and Cd, and As. Linear relationships were observed ... between some metals leached into alkaline solution and the Fe in those solutions. The ratios to Fe were comparable to those of the host basanite, and this observation is interpreted as showing that these metals are incorporated in fine mineral particulates derived directly from the rock mass. Outliers in leachable metal concentrations in the soils indicated appreciable contamination of the soil from anthropogenic sources with Ag, Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn as well as As. In some locations high concentrations of Ag and Cd correspond to specific sources and drainage channels. High concentrations of Pb were widely spread and in the top soil layers whereas the elevated concentrations of Zn were distributed throughout the soil profiles indicating atmospheric sources and different mobilities within the soils.
Start Date: 1997-01-01Stop Date: 1997-12-30
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DIF Creation Date: 2012-07-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-07-30