ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION BY LEAD AND OTHER HEAVY METALS. VOLUME 3. DISTRIBUTION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF URBAN DUSTS

This volume describes studies of the sources and distribution of lead and cadmium in the dust and soils of an urban area. The work was conducted as part of a larger effort to identify the sources, distribution, and fate of lead and other heavy metals in both the rural and urban environments. Urban soils and settled dusts are of especial interest from the standpoint of human health because it is with these potential carriers of heavy-metal pollutants that humans are most likely to come into contact. The studies reported in this volume show that current urban concentrations of heavy metals in dusts and soils, both indoors and outdoors, could have a significant impact on human health. Samples collected from several types of locations in an urban environment during the field survey were analyzed for their lead and cadmium content to determine the general distribution of these elements within the area and to identify local patterns of their concentrations in and around selected buildings. Some of the samples from this survey were then separated by particle size, density, and magnetism, and the relative concentrations of lead and cadmium in each fraction were determined, the purpose being to gain information which would indicate the sources of the two metals. Also studied were the physical and chemical characteristics and the transformations of the lead and polycyclic organic matter (POM) associated with urban dusts and aerosols.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also available in set of 5 reports (PB-287150-SET).
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Institute for Environmental Studies
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801

    National Science Foundation

    Applied Science and Research Applications, 1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20550
  • Authors:
    • Solomon, R L
    • Natusch, DFS
  • Publication Date: 1977-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 103 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186782
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF/RA-770683 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-GI-31605, NSF-ERT74-24276
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM