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Geostatistical assessment of Pb in soil around Paris, France.

Nicolas N. Saby
Dominique D. Arrouays
Line Boulonne
Claudy C. Jolivet
A. Pochot
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This paper presents a survey on soil Pb contamination around Paris (France) using the French soil monitoring network. The first aim of this study is to estimate the total amount of anthropogenic Pb inputs in soils and to distinguish Pb due to diffuse pollution from geochemical background Pb. Secondly, this study tries to find the main controlling factors of the spatial distribution of anthropogenic Pb. We used the technique of relative topsoil enhancement to evaluate the anthropogenic stock of Pb and we performed lognormal kriging to map Pb regional distribution. The results show a strong gradient of anthropogenic stock of Pb around the urban Paris area. We estimate a total amount of anthropogenic stock of Pb close to 143,000 metric tons, which corresponds to an average accumulation of 5.9 t km(-2). Our study suggests that a grid-based survey can help to quantify diffuse Pb contamination by using robust techniques of calculation and that it might also be used to validate predictions of deposition models. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V All rights reserved.

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hal-02663845 , version 1 (31-05-2020)



Nicolas N. Saby, Dominique D. Arrouays, Line Boulonne, Claudy C. Jolivet, A. Pochot. Geostatistical assessment of Pb in soil around Paris, France.. Science of the Total Environment, 2006, 367, pp.212-221. ⟨10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.11.028⟩. ⟨hal-02663845⟩


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