Trace metal accumulation caused by traffic in an agricultural soil near a motorway in Kayseri, Turkey

SOYLAK M., Turkoglu O.

JOURNAL OF TRACE AND MICROPROBE TECHNIQUES, vol.17, no.2, pp.209-217, 1999 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.209-217
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


The metal pollution accumulation caused by the traffic in Kalkancik village near the Kayseri-Ankara motorway was investigated. For this purpose, soil samples were collected from various stations in Kalkancik village. Samples were digested with aqua regia and metal concentrations were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). Seasonal fluctuations of heavy metal contents in the soil samples were investigated. Iron and manganese levels in the soil samples were independent of the distance from the Kayseri-Ankara motorway while the lead, nickel, zinc, copper and cadmium contents were dependent on it. The cobalt levels in all samples were less than 3 mu g/g. Significant correlation data were found to exist between the metal concentrations of the soil samples from Kalkancik village.