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The geographic distribution of metals in urban soils: the case of Syracuse, NY

D. A. Griffith, D. L. Johnson and A. Hunt
GeoJournal
Vol. 74, No. 4 (2009), pp. 275-291
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41148339
Page Count: 17
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The geographic distribution of metals in urban soils: the case of Syracuse, NY
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Abstract

A paucity of literature currently exists pertaining to the high-resolution geographic distribution of metal contaminants across urban areas. Thousands of soil samples were collected across Syracuse, NY to secure empirical evidence about such geographic distributions. Metal measurements were made with XRF technology, with quality assessments based upon replicate samples as well as ICP technology summarized here. Both metal covariations and their spatial structure are described, followed by mapping of selected metal measurements based upon sample points, as well as census block group and census tract aggregates. A simple comparison is presented between certain of these empirical results and a selected non-urban landscape (a river floodplain). Finally, implications drawn from the empirical evidence presented include covariation assessments with selected census data that serve as surrogates for poverty.

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