Seasonal Variations of Heavy Metals in the Soil Around a Coal‑Fired Thermal Power Plant, South‑West Coast of Indi

Gune, Minal and Harshavardhana, B G and Ma, Wan-Li and Balakrishna, K and Udayashankar, H N and Zhang, Zifeng and Li, Yi-Fan (2020) Seasonal Variations of Heavy Metals in the Soil Around a Coal‑Fired Thermal Power Plant, South‑West Coast of Indi. Bulletin of Enviornmental Contimation and Toxic. ISSN 0007-4861

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Abstract

This study focuses on seasonal variations of heavy metals in the soil around a coal fired thermal power plant in Udupi district, which is a densely populated town in the tropical southwest coast of India. This study, pertaining to 48 soil samples, collected during the pre-monsoon, early-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon seasons for one year, reveals that the chemistry of collected soil samples is influenced by non-pedogenic (anthropogenic) sources such as fly-ash deposition from the thermal power plant and vehicular emissions. This was concluded based on grouping of similar behaved elements through correlation–regression analysis. The distance-wise distribution of heavy metals and backward wind-trajectory analysis suggests that pre-monsoon and post-monsoonal samples are more influenced by anthropogenic activities compared to rest of the seasons. This is supported by high concentration of Zn in pre-monsoon (25.21 mg/kg) and post-monsoon (21.32 mg/kg) seasons compared to early-monsoon (17.05 mg/kg) and monsoon (8.60 mg/kg) seasons

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soil pollution · Heavy metals · Tropical regions · Thermal power plant · Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) India
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 05:04
Last Modified: 12 May 2020 05:04
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/155119

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