Trace Element Assessment of Stream Sediments Around the Aluminium Smelting Company in Ikot-Abasi, South-Eastern Nigeria
Azubuike S. Ekwere and Anthony A. Elueze
Corresponding Author: Azubuike S. Ekwere
Key words: Factor analysis, geogenic, Ikot Abasi, Nigeria, sediments, trace elements,
Vol. 4 , (04): 256-261
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A study to assess the trace element chemistry in the vicinity of a recently established aluminium
smelting complex in Ikot Abasi, south-eastern Nigeria was carried out, using stream sediments as sampling
media. Twenty three trace elements; Ag, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Zn, As, B, Bi, Co, Cr, Ga, La, Sb, Sc, Sr, Th,
V, W, Y and Zr, were analysed for in the sediments. Results from analyses showed that concentration levels
of these elements were within limits of geogenic sourcing. Correlation and factor analyses indicated
associations of chemical species to be related to the adjoining geologic suites; Precambrian basement and
Cretaceous sediments. Comparatively the sediments exhibit geochemical characteristics consistent with
sediments from other parts of the Niger Delta. The deductions provide a baseline data set for future monitoring
around the smelting site.
Cite this Reference:
Azubuike S. Ekwere and Anthony A. Elueze, 2012. Trace Element Assessment of Stream Sediments Around the Aluminium Smelting Company in Ikot-Abasi, South-Eastern Nigeria.
Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 4(04): 256-261.