Geochemical baseline data for the urban area of Scunthorpe

O'Donnell, K.E.. 2005 Geochemical baseline data for the urban area of Scunthorpe. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 83pp. (IR/02/083) (Unpublished)

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This report presents the results of an urban soil geochemical survey of Scunthorpe carried out by the British Geological Survey (BGS) during 1995. The study was undertaken as part of the BGS systematic Geochemical Surveys of Urban Environments (GSUE) project. The concentrations of many potentially harmful elements (PHE) such as As, Cd, Cr, Ni and Pb are enhanced in city environments as a result of urbanisation and industrial processes and their distribution is of concern under current UK environmental legislation. The GSUE data provide an overview of the urban geochemical signature and because they are collected as part of a national baseline programme, can be readily compared with soils in the rural hinterland to assess the extent of urban contamination. The aim of the present study was to generate urban soil geochemistry information for Scunthorpe to aid planning and development. Urban surveying was based upon the collection of samples on a systematic 500 m grid. Soils were sampled at a density of 4 per km2 across the built-up area. Samples were collected from open ground as close as possible to the centre of each 500 m grid cell. Preliminary interpretations of the data in relation to the past and present industrial history of Scunthorpe are presented in this report and demonstrate elevated concentrations of several PHE in association with the transport network and former industrialised areas of the city. However, it should be noted that concentrations of elements such as arsenic are naturally enhanced in Scunthorpe soils as a result of the underlying ironstone bedrock.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Other
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Work on this paper was completed whilst the author was a member of NERC staff. This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Earth Sciences
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Date made live: 23 Apr 2009 09:00 +0 (UTC)

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