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Research article2009Peer reviewed

Distribution profiles of selected organic pollutants in soils and sediments of industrial, residential and agricultural areas of South Africa

Quinn Laura, Pieters Rialet, Niewoudt Claudine, Borgen Anders, Kylin Henrik, Bouwman Henk


Currently very little data exists on the presence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the South African environment. To address this data gap a preliminary study of a highly industrialised area of South Africa, the Vaal Triangle, was done. Soil and sediment samples from the Vaal Triangle, as well as other areas in central South Africa, were analysed with high resolution gas chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS) for the presence of PAHs, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxin-like chemicals and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). Results showed that these chemicals are present in the South African environment with concentrations ranging between 39000 ng/g for summPAHs and 0.01 ng/g for dicofol. Principal component analysis (PCA) indicated different pollution sources in industrial and agricultural areas

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Journal of Environmental Monitoring
2009, Volume: 11, number: 9, pages: 1647-1657
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry

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    Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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