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Trace element geochemistry from the Birrimian metasediments of the Northern Region of Ghana

Pelig-Ba, K. B., Parker, A. and Price, M. (2004) Trace element geochemistry from the Birrimian metasediments of the Northern Region of Ghana. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 153 (1-4). pp. 69-93. ISSN 0049-6979

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Abstract/Summary

Trace element distributions in rock, soil and groundwater from of the Birrimian metasediments and granites located in the Northern Region of Ghana are described. High positive correlations are observed between selected major elements and trace metals (e.g. K2O and Rb, Al2O3 and V, Fe2O3 and V, and K2O and Y) in rocks and soils, and attributed to the presence of major source minerals. Ca and Sr were strongly correlated in groundwater, suggesting greater water-rock interaction. Low association of V with Fe is explained by (i) relatively higher mobility of V as against Fe; (ii) low Fe content in the parent rocks and (iii) variable sources of Fe and V.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:3964
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