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Analysis of Moss and Topsoil to Monitor Metal Emissions from a Pulp and Paper Mill in Western Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Lalah, Joseph O.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T05:18:54Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T05:18:54Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-05
dc.identifier.issn 0007-4861
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/835
dc.description Research Paper en_US
dc.description.abstract The mean concentrations of Zn, Cu, Cd, Cr and Fe in mosses around Webuye Pan Paper factory were found to be significantly higher than in controls taken from Kakamega, indicating atmospheric contribution from the anthropogenic activities within the factory, shown within a radius of 1 km around the factory. The mean concentrations (lg/g dry weight) in the mosses ranged from 60.9–124.5, 22.6–34.2, 13.3–14.7, 20.1–33.3 and 1,822.4– 2,079.2, respectively. The mean concentrations of Pb in mosses sampled from the eastern and western side of the factory were also significantly higher than in controls. The mean concentrations of Zn, Cu, Cd, Cr, Pb and Fe in topsoil samples ranged from 7 (Pb)–2,310 (Fe) mg/kg dry wt, depending on sample means based on site direction, distance from the factory and season. There was no clear variation in metal concentrations in mosses and topsoils with direction from the factory which was consistent with the observed fluctuations in wind direction which changed from south-west in the mornings to north and south-west in the afternoons during sampling. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Chemical Sciences and Technology, Kenya Polytechnic University College, P.O. Box 42528, 00200-City Square, Nairobi, Kenya en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.subject Heavy metals en_US
dc.subject Factory emissions en_US
dc.subject Moss en_US
dc.subject Surface soil en_US
dc.title Analysis of Moss and Topsoil to Monitor Metal Emissions from a Pulp and Paper Mill in Western Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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