Geochemical features of elemental composition of children’s hair in the impact zone of tailing dumps (Komsomolsk and ursk tailings, kemerovo oblast, Russia)

Dina Narkovich, Marina Anufrieva, Natalya Baranovskaya

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to study geochemical features of children’s hair in areas of influence of tailings from mining and identify how pollution in mining areas affects composition of hair. Children were selected for the study because they almost never migrate and are not occupationally exposed to pollution. Hair samples were collected from children living in two villages of Kemerovo Oblast (Russia) located in territories adjacent to Komsomolsk and Ursk tailings in 2015. 62 elements were detected in the hair by ICP-MS. Statistical analysis of the results made it possible to detect influence of the mining region specificity on elemental composition of children’s hair. Rank correlation assessment shows that the strongest positive correlations in the hair of children from Ursk area are Ti-Ni-Cs-Sr, Y-Nd, and Bi-As. Strongest positive correlations in the hair of children from Komsomolsk area are As-P, Al-Dy, Yb-La-Ga, Er-Lu, and Be-Co. The results showed higher concentration of Ag (Cc=5.3), Au (4.4), Tl (3.7), Ba (2.9), B (2.8), Eu, (2.6), Re (2.6), and Li (2.5) in the children’s hair of Komsomolsk village in comparison to the hair of children living in the background zone. The ecological biochemical specificity of Ursk village consisted in high concentration of Sb (Cc=5.2), Au (5.3), Re (5.0), Ag (4.5), Ta (4.4), Eu (4.0), U (3.6), Mg (2.5), Be (2.5) in the hair. Compared to the background zone, the impact one provided a wider range of elements with high concentrations (Cc>1.5), including rare-earth elements and uranium. Thus, hair of children can serve as an indicator of anthropogenic impact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and Accreditation in Geosciences; Environmental Legislation, Multilateral Relations And Funding Opportunities
PublisherInternational Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference
Pages411-418
Number of pages8
Edition52
ISBN (Electronic)9786197105001, 9786197105988, 9786197105995, 9786197408003, 9786197408010, 9786197408027, 9786197408034, 9786197408041, 9786197408058, 9786197408065, 9786197408072, 9786197408089, 9786197408096, 9786197408102, 9786197408119, 9786197408126, 9786197408133
ISBN (Print)9786197408263
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference, SGEM 2017 - Albena, Bulgaria
Duration: 29 Jun 20175 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference Surveying Geology and Mining Ecology Management, SGEM
Number52
Volume17
ISSN (Print)1314-2704

Conference

Conference17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference, SGEM 2017
CountryBulgaria
CityAlbena
Period29.6.175.7.17

Keywords

  • Background area
  • Children’s hair
  • Concentrations of chemical elements
  • Hair composition
  • Komsomolsk and ursk tailings
  • Pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology

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    Narkovich, D., Anufrieva, M., & Baranovskaya, N. (2017). Geochemical features of elemental composition of children’s hair in the impact zone of tailing dumps (Komsomolsk and ursk tailings, kemerovo oblast, Russia). In Education and Accreditation in Geosciences; Environmental Legislation, Multilateral Relations And Funding Opportunities (52 ed., pp. 411-418). (International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference Surveying Geology and Mining Ecology Management, SGEM; Vol. 17, No. 52). International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference. https://doi.org/10.5593/sgem2017/52/S20.053