Njoku and Ngene
Greener Journal of Physical Sciences Vol. 2 (1), pp. 016-019, January, 2012.
ISSN: 2276-7851 © 2012 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: GJPS1201
Content and Distribution of Heavy Metals in an Abandoned Mechanic and Non-Mechanic Sites in Abakaliki, Southeastern Nigeria.
*Njoku C. and Ngene P.N
Department of Soil Science and
Environmental Management, Ebonyi State University
P.M.B. 053 Abakalilki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author. Email: chimarco2001@ yahoo. com
was carried out to determine and compare the depth content
and distribution of heavy metals in abandoned mechanic and
non-mechanic sites in Abakaliki Southeastern Nigeria. Soil
samples were collected from a pit at 0 – 20 cm, 20 – 40 cm,
40 – 60 cm and 60 – 80 cm depth in each sites and analysed
for Hg, Pb, Fe and Cd. The results showed that abandoned
mechanic site recorded higher contents of the heavy metals
studied than non-mechanic site. Lead, Fe and Cd were within
the normal range in the two sites studied while Hg where
above the normal in ranged in all the sites studied.
Similarly, apart from Hg which increased with an increase in
depth in the two sites studied, all the other heavy metals
did not show any fixed pattern of distribution with depth.
From the results, abandoned mechanic site is a source of
heavy metals in the soil and care should be taking while
working in such sites to avoid contacting health problems
associated to heavy metals.
Key Words: Depth, heavy metals, mechanic site, pit and toxic