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Geochemical baseline data for the urban area of Kingston-upon-Hull

O'Donnell, K.E.; Freestone, S.E.; Brown, S.E.. 2004 Geochemical baseline data for the urban area of Kingston-upon-Hull. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 61pp. (IR/02/080) (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

This report describes and interprets the results of a systematic urban geochemical baseline survey carried out in the Kingston-upon-Hull area. The concentrations of trace elements vary widely over different rock types. Baseline geochemical data enables natural concentrations to be determined and these provide a benchmark with which to compare the levels of contaminants in industrialised and urban areas. Soil samples were taken at a density of four per square kilometre. Sampling was carried out on the least disturbed area of unbuilt ground, such as domestic gardens, allotments, parks or (in the worst instance) road verges or made ground. Preliminary interpretation of the data can then be carried out and related back to the past and present industrial history of Kingston-upon-Hull. Elevated levels of As, Cu, Sn, Pb, Sb and Zn are identified in the soils of Kingston-upon-Hull, in relation to the surrounding countryside.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Other
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Work on this report was completed whilst the authors were members of NERC staff. This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Earth Sciences
Data and Information
Date made live: 23 Apr 2009 10:51
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7011

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