Copper tolerance in the cuprophyte Haumaniastrum katangense (S. Moore) P.A. Duvign. & Plancke
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in Plant and Soil (2010), 328(1-2), 235-244Detailed reference viewed: 38 (11 ULg)
Mapping of soil-sediment systems contaminations around a metal-ore smelter. The example of Cu in Lubumbashi (R.D. Congo)
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Conference (2009, December 02)Detailed reference viewed: 34 (12 ULg)
Mapping of soil-sediment systems contaminations around a metal-ore smelter : The example of Cu in Lubumbashi (R.D.Congo).
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The Katanga is famous for its high richness in metal ores, mainly Cu- and Co-minerals. The ore treatments activities lead to metal spreading in the environment which do endanger the viability of ... [more ▼]
The Katanga is famous for its high richness in metal ores, mainly Cu- and Co-minerals. The ore treatments activities lead to metal spreading in the environment which do endanger the viability of ecosystems and human health. The contaminations of soils and sediments around the Gecamines smelter in Lubumbashi have been evaluated through a multi-scale approach. In the first stage, a reference system about the natural contents in soils has been implemented. The main units of the detailed (1:20 000) soil map have been characterized through field observations and laboratory determinations : acido-basic and organic status, particle size distribution, cationic exchange capacity, total contents in Al, Fe, Mn, Cu, Co, Cd, Pb, Zn. An exploratory mapping of soil contaminations (Cu, Co, Cd, Pb, Zn) centered on the Gecamines cheminey was then conducted as a second stage of the approach. Detailed investigations were finally performed in the Gecamines district where signs of soil degradation were the highest. The spatial continuity and the differenciation (C : C0+C ratio) of the studied parameters appeared weak. No clear effect of the dominant wind direction on the spatial distribution of the contaminants could be identified despite a clear degradation of the ecosystem in the area under dominant wind. However the detailed approach showed evidences of (i) significant wind deposits in the Gecamines district, (ii) and local man-made deposits but also (ii) important processes of redistribution in the landscape through erosion/sedimentation or anthropic activities. Our results point out the difficulty to identify the sources of contaminations in an urban environment and stress the need to have approaches with complementary levels of details. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 42 (8 ULg)
Phytoremediation of contaminated sites in urban environment : preliminary results of a study focussed on Lubumbashi.
Colinet, Gilles ; Saad, Layla ; et al
Conference (2007, July)
A specific flora has developped in Central Africa on soils which are naturally rich in Cu and Co. Mining and ore treatment activities in the Katanga province (RDC) have generated contaminations which do ... [more ▼]
A specific flora has developped in Central Africa on soils which are naturally rich in Cu and Co. Mining and ore treatment activities in the Katanga province (RDC) have generated contaminations which do endanger ecosystem viability and/or human health. A survey of edaphic conditions prevailing for plant growing in natural metalliferous outcrops, the « copper hills », in mining sites (quarries), and in contaminated areas around metal smelters, is conducted as a first stage of a phytoremediation-based research program. Soluble, available and total content in some metallic trace elements have been measured. The first results show a relatively high heterogeneity inside and between sites. But the main finding is related to the very different nature of contamination between the three types of sites. This point constitutes an additionnal difficulty that should be taken into account for the selection of metallophytic species from the copper hills or the quarries in order to vegetalize a site contaminated by atmospheric fall outs from metal smelters in Lubumbashi. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 73 (11 ULg)