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Assessment of Air Pollution around the Panzhihua V-Ti Magnetite Mine Region, Southwest China

Category: Urban Air Quality

Volume: 17 | Issue: 5 | Pages: 1204-1213
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2016.10.0452
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Xin Cheng1,2, Yi Huang 1,2, Chao Liu2, Shi-Jun Ni1,2, Rui Wang2, Zhi-Jie Long2

  • 1 Applied Nuclear Technology in Geosciences Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province (Chengdu University of Technology), Chengdu, Sichuan 610059, China
  • 2 Colleges of Earth Science, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, Sichuan 610059, China

Highlights

Air pollution index (SO2, NO2, CO, O3 and PM2.5 to PM10 ratios) were analyzed.
Concentrations of 19 trace elements in PM10 were measured.
Sources identification of trace elements in PM10 was conducted.
Individual particles morphological characteristics were analyzed.


Abstract

This study investigated variations in air quality by evaluating trace gases, inhalable particulate matter (PM10), and associated trace elements at three sites in Panzhihua (a mining city located in Panxi Rift Valley, Southwest China) between January and December 2014. The concentrations of 19 trace elements in PM10 were determined through inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Single particle morphology and chemical composition were determined through scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis to identify their possible sources. Mean sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide concentrations were highest near the steel smelting district, whereas ozone concentrations were highest in the residential region. Annual mean concentrations of PM10 at three sites were 129.4, 165.5, and 187.2 µg m–3; all these exceed the annual mean (70.0 µg m–3) of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard. In addition, the concentrations of trace elements in PM10 exhibited significant spatial and seasonal variations at the three sites. The mean concentrations of trace elements in PM10 were in the order of Fe > Ti > Zn > Pb > Cu > Mn > Ba > V > Cr > Ni > Sr > Bi > Cd > As > Co > Sb > Sc > TI > U. The enrichment factor values of the trace elements suggested that anthropogenic activities were the dominant sources of As, Cd, Sb, Ti, TI, Zn, Cu, Pb, and Bi. Particle morphology and chemical composition analysis revealed five major particle types, namely aluminosilicate, Fe-containing, mineral, soot, and Ca-containing particles.

Keywords

Gaseous pollutants PM10 Trace elements Enrichment factor (EF) Scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX)


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