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Title (Primary) Anthropogenic influence of trace metals in sediments of the Al-Qilt catchment, West Bank, Palestine: 1. Contamination factor and bonding forms
Author Samhan, S.; Friese, K.; von Tümpling, W.; Pöllmann, H.; Hoetzl, H.; Ghanem, M.;
Journal Environmental Earth Sciences
Year 2014
Department SEEFO; FLOEK;
Volume 71
Issue 4
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T31;
Keywords Contamination factors; BCR method; Fractionation; Al-Qilt catchment
UFZ wide themes RU2;
Abstract Al-Qilt catchment, located east of both the Ramallah and Jerusalem districts is strongly influenced by waste waters discharged from Israeli settlements and Palestinian urban centers. In this research, our aim was to verify the chemical status of the surface sediments from the Al-Qilt catchment during 2008/2009. For this purpose, 36 surface sediment samples were collected and analyzed with ICP/MS within the fraction of below 63 μm. The extent of contamination of trace metals from Al-Qilt sediments sites were measured by evaluating the contamination factors (CF) from digestion by aqua regia and additionally by sequential extraction steps using the BCR-method. On the basis of the calculated CF, sediments appear particularly contaminated with Zn, Cu, Ag, Sn, Cd, Hg, Bi, and B. Three regions, Wadi Sweanit, Ras Al-Qilt, and Qalandiah have been identified as critical points of contamination. Trace metal inputs to the Al-Qilt catchment need to be kept under strict control in the future since Ras Al-Qilt is considered as one of the important springs in the area and is used for domestic purposes. Moreover, it will be susceptible to pollution if no action is taken to decrease the pollution at the upstream of Al-Qilt.
ID 14126
Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=14126
Samhan, S., Friese, K., von Tümpling, W., Pöllmann, H., Hoetzl, H., Ghanem, M. (2014):
Anthropogenic influence of trace metals in sediments of the Al-Qilt catchment, West Bank, Palestine: 1. Contamination factor and bonding forms
Environ. Earth Sci. 71 (4), 1533 - 1539