Landuse and River Pollution in Northern Part of the Elburz Mountain

By Daniel Foroughi, Akbar Sharbati and Rahmat Hadjizad.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Water is one of the most vital factors in human life, and its pollution will encounter human by hazards. This study evaluates the distribution of metals pollution on the one of the Rivers in northern part of the Elburz Mountain (Sefidroud). Surface river sediment samples along this river were taken during five consecutive seasons at eight sampling stations and analyzed for availability of Fe, Mn, Pb, Zn, Cu, Cr, Cd metals. Canonical correlation demonstrated that the total organic carbon (TOC) was of great importance in co-precipitation of Zn while Cu and Pb were mainly related to hydrous iron oxides. Also, in the interest of pollutant finger printing, factor analysis showed that extractable Zn, Cu, Fe, Cd and Mn were attributed to the present agricultural fields while industrial sites were the major contributing factor for the extended levels of Cr in the study area. Moreover, Pb level was mainly relevant to urban landuse. Cluster analysis demonstrated that there was a rising metal pollution level in the Rivers from upstream to downstream suggesting that Wetlands pollution could be highly related to loading of heavy metals by the Rivers sediment.

Keywords: Cluster Analysis, Heavy Metal Pollution, River Pollution, Canonical Correlation

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.49-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 908.445KB).

Dr Daniel Foroughi

Lecturer, Young Researchers Club, Young Researchers Club, Islamic Azad University of Gorgan, Gorgan, Golestan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

B.Sc (engineering) in natural resources (range & water shed management) and M.Sc in natural geography (geomorphology & hydrology). I know GIS & RS well. I am searching about ice caps and water-ice equilibrium and solar radiation energy AND tourism and pollution.

Akbar Sharbati

Head of Geography Faculty, Young Researchers Club, Payam-e-Noor University of Gorgan, Gorgan, Golestan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Rahmat Hadjizad

Young Researchers Club, Payam-e-Noor University of Sari, Gorgan, Mazandaran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)


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