Mobility and impact of trace metals in Barapukuria coal mining area, Northwest Bangladesh

M. A. Halim, R. K. Majumder, M. N. Zaman, S. Hossain, M. G. Rasul, K. Sasaki

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Trace metals were analyzed in water and sediment samples from Barapukuria coal mine area of Bangladesh in order to evaluate their mobility and possible environment consequences. Cadmium is the most mobile element with an average partition coefficient (log Kd) of 2.95 L/kg, while V is the least mobile element with a mean log Kd of 5.50 L/kg, and their order of increasing mobility is: V < As < Pb < Fe < Cr < Se < Mn < Ni < Zn < Cu < Ba < Sr < Cd. Contents of organic carbon in sediment samples shows strong positive correlations with most trace metals as revealed by the multivariate geostatistical analysis. The overall variation in concentration is mainly attributed to the discharge of effluents originating from the coal mining activities around the study area. Compared to their background, Ni and Cu are the most enriched while significant enrichment of As, Mn, Ba, Sr, Cr, and Pb is also observed in the sediments. Geoaccumulation indices (Igeo) suggest sediments are moderately to heavily polluted with respect to Ni and Cu. The metal pollution index (MPI) varied from 91.91 to 212.01 and the highest value is found at site CM03 that is close to discharge point. The sediment quality guideline index (SQG-IIntervention) values (0.56-1.52) suggest that the sediments at the study area have moderate to high ecotoxicological risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4593-4605
Number of pages13
JournalArabian Journal of Geosciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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