Distribution of Heavy Metals in Water and Soil Solutions Based on Colloid-Size Fractionation
The distribution of heavy metals Cr, Ni, Zn, Cu, Cd, and Pb among the truly dissolved (molecular weight cutoff <1 kD), colloidal (1 kD-0.20 µm and 0.20-0.45 µm) and particulate (>0.45 µm) fractions was investigated in the soil solution and surface water. In 15 soil solutions heavy metals were mainly present in the truly dissolved fraction (<1 kD) with occasional exceptions. And a good correlation was also found between the concentrations of metals in the truly dissolved fractions and the cation exchange capacity of soils. As for the surface water samples, the distribution pattern was more complicated one depending on metal properties and sampling sites.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2003