Geochemical characteization of sediments around Nukakatan Valley, Tambunan, Sabah

Hennie Fitria Wulandary Soehady Erfen, and Junaidi Asis, and Muhammad Abdullah, and Baba Musta, and Sanudin Tahir, and Hazerina Pungut, and Mohamed Ali Yusof Mohd Husin, (2017) Geochemical characteization of sediments around Nukakatan Valley, Tambunan, Sabah. Geological Behavior (GBR), 1 (1). pp. 13-15. ISSN 2521-0491

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to assess the concentration and toxicity level of selected heavy metals in sediments from Nukakatan Valley, Tambunan, Sabah. In this study 13 soil samples were collected from different sampling station of river sediments and soil profiles. The determination of concentration of heavy metals in soil samples were carried out using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) analysis. The result of analysis shows that highest concentration was copper with the average of 21.77 ppm, and followed by nickel with concentration level was 15.94 ppm. The concentration of chromium was 15.15 ppm, arsenic was 11.91 ppm and lead was 10.39 ppm. The soils samples are identified as non-polluted due to the low concentration of chromium, copper, nickel and lead but heavily polluted with arsenic when measured using Sediment Quality Guidelines of US EPA. It is concluded that the combined source of heavy metals in the study area would be the parent materials of the soils and other anthropogenic effluent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heavy metals, Nukakatan Valley, Sediment samples, ICP-OES
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Science and Natural Resources
Depositing User: Munira
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 00:22
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 00:22
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/20259

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