Publication
Title
Gross alpha and beta activities of airborne particulate samples from Wawel Royal Castle Museum in Cracow, Poland
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Abstract
Soils are complex mixtures of organic, inorganic materials, and metal compounds from anthropogenic sources. In order to identify the pollution sources, their magnitude and development, several X-ray analytical methods were applied in this study. The concentrations of 16 elements were determined in all the soil samples using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. Soils of unknown origin were observed by scanning electron microscopy equipped with a Si(Li) X-ray detector using Monte Carlo simulation approach. The mineralogical analyses were carried out using X-ray diffraction spectrometry. Due to the correlations between heavy metals and oxide compounds, the samples were analyzed also by electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) in order to have information about their oxide contents. On the other hand, soil pH and salinity levels were identified owing to their influence between heavy metal and soil-surface chemistry. Moreover, the geoaccumulation index (I geo) enables the assessment of contamination by comparing current and pre-industrial concentrations.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of radioanalytical and nuclear chemistry
Publication
2013
Volume/pages
295:2(2013), p. 1567-1573
ISI
000313713300105
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 20.05.2017
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