TRACE ELEMENT CONTENTS IN TOPSOIL LOCATED NEAR STEEL PLANT IN KRAKOW-NOWA HUTA
 
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Katedra Ekologii, Klimatologii i Ochrony Powietrza, Uniwersytet Rolniczy w Krakowie
Publish date: 2014-10-21
 
Inż. Ekolog. 2013; 33:67–76
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The paper presents the results of cadmium, lead and zinc contents in topsoils of arable land located in vicinity Steel Plant in Krakow-Nowa Huta. Soil samples were collected in autumn 2007 from the 0-20 cm layer placed in a west-east trnsect of 7,5 km length. It started approximately 5km east form the border of the steel plant. .Sampled area is characterized by high level of agriculture, where the dominant crops have been vegetables, mainly cabbage and cauliflower. It was found, the soil was not contaminated with heavy metals. All samples met the requirements of the Polish Minister of the Environment. Also the assessment according to Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation method showed only incerased content 60% in case of zinc and only 13% for Cd. Any levels of pollution were not observed. There also decreasing trend of accumulation were stated as a function of growing distance from the steel plant.