Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Research article
22 Apr 2015
Research article |  | 22 Apr 2015

Elemental quantification, chemistry, and source apportionment in golf course facilities in a semi-arid urban landscape using a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer

T. K. Udeigwe, J. Young, T. Kandakji, D. C. Weindorf, M. A. Mahmoud, and M. H. Stietiya


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This study extends the application of the portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometry to semiarid urban landscapes. PXRF findings indicated strong positive relationships among elements and between elements and soil constituents, particularly in the non-managed areas with less anthropogenic influences. As, Cr, Fe, Mn, and Ni could be of lithogenic origin, while Cu, Pb, and Zn are due to anthropogenic influences. PXRF proves to be valuable tool for the rapid examination of elemental chemistry.