Determination of Heavy Metals in Soil of High Traffic Road in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
In recent years, environmental pollution has been a serious threat to human existence in the society, increasing with every passing day and causing terrible and irreparable damages to the planet. This research is aimed at the determination of heavy metals in soil of high-traffic roadsides of Jos using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) Buck Scientific model 210VGP. The heavy metals determined are copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), colbalt (Co), cadmium (Cd), iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn). The overall mean of the concentrations of heavy metals assessed in the samples were in the order Fe>Mn>Pb>Cu>Zn>Co>Cd. Elevated values were also computed for sample highly traffic-congested areas. The result showed that the samples contain high levels of heavy metals influenced by heavy traffic in the environment.
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