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Ambient background metal concentrations for soils in England and Wales

This report provides a processes to predict metal background concentrations in soils.

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Ambient background metal concentrations for soils in England and Wales

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Ambient background concentrations of trace metals in soils vary widely and therefore for any risk assessment of metals, consideration of a local or site specific background is important. The objective of this project was to investigate whether ambient background concentrations of Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn in soils can be predicted from other semi-conservative soil properties such as Al and Fe concentrations or soil texture information.

Published 1 July 2008