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Leaching of nickel and copper from soil contaminated by metallurgical dust.
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PMID:  12046955     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The paper presents the results of the laboratory percolation experiment simulated soil contamination by emissions from a Ni-Cu smelter. Humus (Ao horizon) columns were transferred to lysimeters from an illuvial, humic, ferriferous forest podzol site. Fine metallurgical dust containing Ni and Cu was layered on the columns and irrigated with sulphuric acid solutions at pH 3, 4, 5, and 6. Irrigation for 19 months indicated that the leaching of metals down the humus column was greatest at pH 6. Calculations indicated that it would take 160-270 years for complete leaching of Ni from the Ao layer, and 100-200 years for Cu, depending on the dust composition. Natural decontamination of affected soils will take centuries.
Valery Barcan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environment international     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0160-4120     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Int     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-05     Completed Date:  2002-12-04     Revised Date:  2006-04-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7807270     Medline TA:  Environ Int     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Lapland Biosphere Reserve, Monchegorsk, Murmansk, Russia.
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MeSH Terms
Copper / chemistry*
Dust / analysis*
Nickel / chemistry*
Soil Pollutants / analysis*
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dust; 0/Soil Pollutants; 7440-02-0/Nickel; 7440-50-8/Copper

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