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Research article
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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