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Characterization of Santa Catarina (Brazil) coal with respect to human health and environmental concerns

Environmental Geochemistry and Health

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DOI: 10.1007/s10653-008-9200-y

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Abstract

The current paper presents the concentration, distribution, and modes of occurrence of trace elements of 13 coals from south Brazil. The samples were collected in the state of Santa Catarina. Chemical analyses and the high ash yields indicate that all studied coals are rich in mineral matter, with SiO2 and Al2O3 dominating as determined by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). Quartz is the main mineral species and is associated with minor levels of feldspars, kaolinite, hematite, and iron-rich carbonates. The contents of trace elements, including As, Pb, Cd, Ni, Cr, Mn, Be, V, U, Zn, Li, Cu, Tl, and Ni, in coals were determined. A comparison of ranges and means of elemental concentrations in Santa Catarina, Brazil, and world coals shows that the ranges of most elements in Santa Catarina coal are very close to the usual worldwide concentration ranges in coal. ?? Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Characterization of Santa Catarina (Brazil) coal with respect to human health and environmental concerns
Series title:
Environmental Geochemistry and Health
DOI:
10.1007/s10653-008-9200-y
Volume
31
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2009
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Environmental Geochemistry and Health
First page:
475
Last page:
485