(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Geochemical assessment of agricultural soil : A case study in Songnen-Plain (Northeastern China)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SUN G. (1 2 3) ; CHEN Y. (1) ; BI X. (2) ; YANG W. (3) ; ZHANG B. (3) ; CUI Y. (3) ;
(1) State Key Lab. of Environmental Geochemistry, Inst. of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guiyang, CHINE
(2) State Key Lab. of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, China Univ. of Geosciences, Wuhan, CHINE
(3) Heilongjiang Inst. of Geological Survey, Harbin, CHINE


To identify the concentrations and sources of pollutants and also to assess the soil environmental quality, a total of 2 400 topsoil (0–20 cm) samples and 10 subsoil (180–200 cm) samples were collected in Gannan area in the northwest Songnen-Plain. Then 6 major elements, 18 trace elements, pH, and C.org (organic carbon) were analyzed. The accumulation of Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn, Hg, and F was apparent in the agricultural soils. Correlation coefficient analysis showed that most major and trace elements, as well as pH and C.org, were significantly positive correlated in agricultural soil. Principal component analysis (PCA) indicated 2 main anthropogenic sources for trace elements in agricultural topsoil : 1) a mixture of atmospheric deposition and livestock manures; 2) the inorganic fertilizers and lime, as well as agrochemicals. Spatial distribution patterns using GIS contour maps and an integrated soil pollution index were established for the selected metal concentrations. It is highlighted that more attention should be paid to metal pollution of agricultural soil


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 111 [pp. 56-63]

Bibliographic references : 43 ref.

Collation : 3 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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