Trace metals in soils in the West Bristol (Avonmouth) area

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

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Study area
Temporal extent
2007-10-04    to    2007-10-05

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Spurgeon, D. J., Lawlor, A., Hooper, H. L., Wadsworth, R., Svendsen, C., Thomas, L. D. K., … Jarup, L. (2011). Outdoor and indoor cadmium distributions near an abandoned smelting works and their relations to human exposure. Environmental Pollution, 159(12), 3425–3432.
Ellis, J. K., Athersuch, T. J., Thomas, L. D., Teichert, F., Pérez-Trujillo, M., Svendsen, C., … Keun, H. C. (2012). Metabolic profiling detects early effects of environmental and lifestyle exposure to cadmium in a human population. BMC Medicine, 10(1).

Provenance & quality

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).

Correspondence/contact details

Spurgeon, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom

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Environmental Information Data Centre
Natural Environment Research Council


Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Avonmouth,  Bristol,  Ecological Processes & Resilience Metal biogeochemistry,  Plant tissue,  Pollution Shore Section Soil Soil,  Soil Soil soil pollution,  south-west England