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Physicochemical and enzymatic activities of mining effluent contaminated soil from Ishiagu Ebonyi State South- East Nigeria

Akubugwo Emmanuel Iroha, Osuocha Kelechi Uzoma, Chinyere Godwin Chinyere, Nwaogu Linus Ahuwaraeze

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.3(8), 10-15, August 2013

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Soil physicochemical parameters and enzymatic activities of mining effluent contaminated soil of Ishiagu, Ebonyi State Nigeria were evaluated. Effluents of Crush Rock, Crush Stone and Ezza quarry sites in Ishiagu were used for the study. Homogenized soil samples were collected at a distance of 100m (sample B), 200m (sample C) away from discharge points (sample A) from each of the sites at a depth of 0-30cm. The physicochemical properties investigated showed significant difference in the test samples when compared to control (P<0.05). Enzymatic activities correlated negatively with heavy metal concentration. This shows that the enzymatic activities increased with distance away from the discharged points

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