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Distribution profiles of selected organic pollutants in soils and sediments of industrial, residential and agricultural areas of South Africa

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Abstract

Currently very little data exists on the presence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the South African environment. To address this data gap a preliminary study of a highly industrialised area of South Africa, the Vaal Triangle, was done. Soil and sediment samples from the Vaal Triangle, as well as other areas in central South Africa, were analysed with high resolution gas chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS) for the presence of PAHs, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxin-like chemicals and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). Results showed that these chemicals are present in the South African environment with concentrations ranging between 39 000 ng g−1 for ΣPAHs and 0.01 ng g−1 for dicofol. Principal component analysis (PCA) indicated different pollution sources in industrial and agricultural areas.

Graphical abstract: Distribution profiles of selected organic pollutants in soils and sediments of industrial, residential and agricultural areas of South Africa

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The article was received on 19 Mar 2009, accepted on 02 Jul 2009 and first published on 30 Jul 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B905585A
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2009,11, 1647-1657

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    Distribution profiles of selected organic pollutants in soils and sediments of industrial, residential and agricultural areas of South Africa

    L. Quinn, R. Pieters, C. Nieuwoudt, A. R. Borgen, H. Kylin and H. Bouwman, J. Environ. Monit., 2009, 11, 1647
    DOI: 10.1039/B905585A

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