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Spatial distribution, source identification and affecting factors of heavy metals contamination in urban-suburban soils of Lishui city, China

Wang, H.; Lu, S.

Environmental Earth Sciences 64.7

2011


ISSN/ISBN: 1866-6280
DOI: 10.1007/s12665-011-1005-0
Accession: 037159911

An investigation on spatial distribution, possible pollution sources, and affecting factors of heavy metals in the urban-suburban soils of Lishui city (China) was conducted using geographic information system (GIS) technique and multivariate statistics. The results indicated that the topsoils in urban and suburban areas were enriched with metals, such as Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn. Spatial distribution maps of heavy metal contents, based on geostatistical analysis and GIS mapping, indicated that Cd, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn had similar patterns of spatial distribution. Their hot-spot areas were mainly concentrated in the densely populated old urban area of the city. Multivariate statistical analysis (correlation analysis, principal component analysis, and clustering analysis) showed distinctly different associations among the studied metals, suggesting that Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Cd, and Zn had anthropogenic sources, whereas Co and V were associated with parent materials and therefore had natural sources. The Cd, Cr, Ni, Pb, and Zn contents were positively correlated with soil organic matter, pH, and sand content (p<0.01). It is concluded that GIS and multivariate statistical methods can be used to identify hot-spot areas and potential sources of heavy metals, and assess soil environment quality in urban-suburban areas. Copyright 2011 Springer-Verlag

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