Concentrations of trace metals in soils from a grid of sites located around a disused (since 2003) smelting works in the Avonmouth, UK, area. The soil samples were collected on 4th and 5th October 2007 and were analysed for concentrations of Aluminium and Iron, using inductively-coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICPOES), and Chromium, Copper, Zinc, Nickel, Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury and Lead, using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS). The dataset also includes information on soil pH and soil organic matter content (loss on ignition).
Publication date: 2009-12-23
Soil sample collection and preparation prior to analysis followed standardised protocols. Concentrations of metals in the samples were measured using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry and inductively-coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry on fully calibrated instrumentation and a certified soil sample was included in each batch of analyses to ensure quality (by knowing the percentage recovery of each metal).