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e–ISSN: 2408–5162; p–ISSN: 2048–5170


Pages: 60-64
Z. I. Yashim*, E. B. Agbaji, C. E. Gimba and S. O. Idris

keywords: Bioavailability, dumpsites, heavy metals, mobility, sequential extraction, soil


This research was carried out to determine the chemical form of metals and to evaluate their mobility and bioavailability in soils near metal dumpsites in Zaria, Nigeria. Sequential extraction was used to fractionate Cd, Cu, Ni, Zn, Co and Pb from soil collected from three selected metal dumpsites into six operationally defined groups: water soluble, exchangeable, carbonate, Fe -Mn oxide, organic, and residual. The results indicated that the concentrations of the studied metals in the soils from experimental sites were higher than the corresponding values from the control site, and higher than the recommended limits given by FAO/WHO. The bioavailability of the metals at the three different study areas was in the order: Dambo:- 40% Cd, 39% Co, 91% Cu, 66% Ni, 42% Pb and 73% Zn.; Agoro:- 39% Cd, 48% Co, 74% Cu, 59% Ni, 41% Pb and 60% Zn and Yankarfe:- Cu > Ni > Zn > Pb > Cd >Co. The result of this study indicated that the bioavailabilities of the studied metals at the test sites were higher than those at the control site except that of Co. Heavy metals in the soil from anthropogenic sources tend to be more mobile, hence bioavailable than pedogenic or lithogenic ones.


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