Physicochemical Characteristics and Heavy Metals Concentration in Sub Surface Soil at Different Dumpsites in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria

Journal of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences (JEAS). Akinnusotu and Arawande, 2016. Volume 8: 21-28

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Physicochemical Characteristics and Heavy Metals Concentration in Sub Surface Soil at Different Dumpsites in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria
Akinyinka Akinnusotu 1, *, Jacob OlalekanArawande 1
1 Science Laboratory Technology Department, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, P.M.B. 1019, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria


Abstract: The physiochemical characteristics and heavy metal concentrations in sub-surface soil at five different dumpsites in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria were investigated with a view to ascertain the level of pollution. Standard analytical methods for soil analysis were used for the physicochemical parameters while atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS) was used for the heavy metals analysis. The result showed that the pH value in soil sample from these sites ranged between 6.20±0.20-7.82±0.05. Percentage organic carbon and organic matter were in the range of 1.00±0.02-1.93±0.01 and 1.69±0.01-3.27±0.02 respectively. Heavy metal concentration for Pb and Zn were ranged between 0.21±0.01-0.46±0.01mg/kg and 0.50±0.02-7.25±0.03mg/kg. Cadmium was not detected from all the sites including the control. Cr concentration ranged between 1.22±0.02-2.03±0.06 while Fe concentration ranged between 294.60±0.20-408.47±0.23 mg/kg. Nickel concentration ranged between 0.01±0.01-0.02±0.01mg/kg. The results showed that concentrations of heavy metals and physicochemical parameters of soil samples from dumpsites location at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, were within limits of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) standards.

Keywords: Environment, Health, Anthropogenic, Organic carbon, Urbanization.  

*Corresponding author: Akinyinka Akinnusotu


Cite this article as Akinnusotu, A. and J.O. Arawande. 2016. Physicochemical characteristics and heavy metals concentration in sub surface soil at different dumpsites in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria. Journal of Environmental & Agricultural Sciences. 8: 14-20. [Abstract] [View FullText] [Citations].

Title: Physicochemical Characteristics and Heavy Metals Concentration in Sub Surface Soil at Different Dumpsites in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria

Authors: Akinyinka Akinnusotu and Jacob Olalekan Arawande

Pages: 21-28


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