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https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-811-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-811-2015
Research article
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08 Jul 2015
Research article |  | 08 Jul 2015

Assessment of environmental soil quality around Sonepur Bazari mine of Raniganj coalfield, India

R. E. Masto, S. Sheik, G. Nehru, V. A. Selvi, J. George, and L. C. Ram

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Impact of coal mining on soil was assessed through an integrated environmental soil quality index (ESQI). Biological activity was higher in underground mine (UGM) soil. As, Be, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, and Pb were higher in opencast mine (OCM) soil, whereas Cd was higher in UGM. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were higher in UGM soil. Calculated ESQI, based on total PAHs, loss on ignition, bulk density, Be, Co, Cr, Ni, Pb, and microbial quotient, was higher for UGM (+10.1%) than OCM soils.