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Effect of long-term irrigation with sewage effluent on the metal content of soils, Berlin, Germany


Lottermoser, BG, Effect of long-term irrigation with sewage effluent on the metal content of soils, Berlin, Germany, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 34, (1) pp. 67-76. ISSN 0269-4042 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10653-011-9391-5


This study aimed to determine whether &110 years of sewage application has led to recognizable changes in the metal chemistry of soils from former sewage farms, Berlin, Germany. Background concentrations of soils and element enrichment factors were used for the evaluation of possible perturbations of natural element abundances in sewage farm soils. Calculations verify that precious metals (Ag, Au) as well as P, C org, and heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, Sn, and Zn) are invariably enriched in sewage farm topsoils (0-0. 1 m depth) compared to local and regional background soils. Long-term irrigation of soils with municipal wastewater has caused significant heavy metal contamination as well as a pronounced enrichment in precious metals. Leaching of metals including Ag into underlying aquifers may impact on the quality of drinking water supplies. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geochemistry
Research Field:Inorganic geochemistry
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Soils
UTAS Author:Lottermoser, BG (Professor Bernd Lottermoser)
ID Code:81596
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2012-12-17
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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