International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research (ISSN 2347-4289)

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International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research

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ISSN 2347-4289

Evaluation Of Baseline Geochemical Data Of Soils From Zaria By Inaa Using Nigeria Research Reactor-1 (Nirr-1)

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Idris M.C., Ogunleye P.O., Okunade I.O., Ismaila A.



Source profile, INAA, soil forming factor, bio-accumulative toxic pollutants, geochemical baseline data



Source profile of chemical elements is important for determination of natural baseline and anthropogenic input into soil characteristics. Undisturbed soils from Zaria and environ were analyzed for Al, K, Fe, Mn, Rb, Ta, Br, Sc, Cr, Co, Cs, Ba, La, Dy, Eu and Lu using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) Technique. Analysis of the data revealed that concentration of these elements increases with depth indicating that natural sources account for the distribution pattern. Specifically, soil in areas underlain by igneous rocks contain higher concentrations of Al and Dy in the 0-15 cm and K, Mn, Rb and La in 15-30 cm depth than soil in areas underlain by metamorphic rocks. The broad variations in elemental concentration in the Zaria soil is attributed to differences in parent rock chemistry and constituent minerals, local variations in Eh-pH conditions of the environment and continued alterations by other soil forming factors.



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