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Characterization and source identification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in river bank soils Original Research Article
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Carmen Pies، نويسنده , , Burkhard Hoffmann، نويسنده , , Jelena Petrowsky، نويسنده , , Yi Yang، نويسنده , , Thomas A. Ternes، نويسنده , , Thilo Hofmann، نويسنده ,
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روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2008
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Elevated PAH concentrations were detected in bank soils along the Mosel and Saar Rivers in Germany. Information on the identification of PAH sources in this area however remains unclear. This study was able to characterize the PAH sources by application of several approaches, including consideration of the distribution patterns of 45 PAHs (including 16 EPA PAHs and some alkyl PAHs), specific PAH ratios, distribution patterns of n-alkanes and principal component analysis (PCA). In addition, the efficiency of the tested approaches was assessed. The results from the application of the various source identification methods showed that pyrogenic PAHs dominate soil samples collected upstream of the confluence of the Mosel and Saar Rivers, and petrogenic and pyrogenic PAHs dominate samples downstream of the confluence. Based on the analysis of reference materials and organic petrography, the petrogenic input was found to be dominated by coal particles. More detailed information on the petrogenic sources was provided by the n-alkane analyses. The current study concludes that to accurately determine the origin of PAHs, several identification methods must be applied.
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n-AlkanesPAH distribution patternAlkyl homologuesCoal
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