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Peter ANDRÁŠ1,2, Adam LICHÝ3, Ivan KRIŽÁNI2, Jana RUSKOVÁ4,
Juraj LADOMERSKÝ5, Stanislav JELEŇ2, Emília HRONCOVÁ5 & Lenka MATUŠKOVÁ1
1Department of Ecology and Environmental Education, Matej Bel University, Tajovského 40, 974 01 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
2Geological Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences,
Severná 5, 974 01 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, andras@savbb.sk
3Envigeo, Kynceľová 2, 974 11 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, ; e-mail: lichy@envigeo.sk
4Regionál Office of Public Health verejného zdravotníctva, Cesta k nemocnici 1,
974 01 Banská Bystrica; e-mail: jana.ruskova@vzbb.sk
5Faculty of Environmental and Manufacturing Technology, T. G. Masaryka 24,
960 53 Zvolen, Slovakia; e-mail: ladomer@vsld.tuzvo.sk

Podlipa dump-field at Ľubietová - land contaminated by heavy metals (Slovakia)

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Abstract: The dump-field Ľubietová - Podlipa is situated at the boundary of the village settlement. The heavy metal contamination of the technogenous sediments and soils at the investigated dump-field show irregular planar distribution. Also the heavy metal content in the surface water, drainage water and in the groundwater was studied both in the dry as well as during the rainy periods. The cementation process causes substitution of iron by copper. Natural installation and development of plant species was observed at the old mine waste dumps, specific to the local chemical conditions such as low content of essential nutrients and high content of heavy metals. The individual parts of the plant tissues (roots, branches/stems, leaves/needles, flowers/fruits) are contaminated by heavy metals and tissues are damaged differently, respectively. The technogenous sediments and the contaminated soil of the dump show only very limited acid potential.

Keyword: contamination, dump-field, heavy metals, sediment, soil, acid potential, neutralization potential


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