Heavy Metals Distribution and the Variation of Soil Properties around Alqaim Cement Factory in Anbar Governorate – Iraq
Jassam Gzar Lafta1, Hussein Shaheed Fadhil2, Ameer Abass Hussein3
1Jassam Gzar Lafta, Institute of Technology, Foundation of Technical Education, Iraq.
2Hussein Shaheed Fadhil, Institute of Technology, Foundation of Technical Education, Iraq.
3Ameer Abass Hussein, Institute of Technology, Foundation of Technical Education, Iraq.
Manuscript received on September 29, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on October 10, 2013. | Manuscript published on October 30, 2013. | PP: 289-291 | Volume-3, Issue-1, October 2013. | Retrieval Number:  A2212103113/2013©BEIESP

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Abstract: Soil samples collected in June 2012 (24 samples random for ( 0 – 30 cm ) depth). It is worth mentioned that the sampling were undertaken in the direction of the prevailing wind direction away from the vicinity of cement fabric. Soil samples were air dried and sieved through 2mm analyzed for their some chemical and physical properties as well as their total heavy metals content. The results indicated that the soils of the studied area are calcareous in nature having ( 23% – 37.6% ) sandy clay loam to sandy loam in CaCo2 texture and moderately to slightly alkaline with mean (PH 8.7) especially in the surface soil samples taken near the cement factory. The soils were heavily contaminated with Cd and Co and Ni for the level of (WHO) while it was non polluted with other heavy metals. The most contaminated sites area found withen the (0 to 3km) of the cement factory.
Keywords: Heavy metals distribution, Soil properties, Cement factory, Alqaim (Anbar).