The relationship between soil geochemistry and the bioaccessibility of trace elements in playground soil

Miguel García, Eduardo de and Mingot Marcilla, Juan and Chacón Oreja, Enrique and Charlesworth, Susanne (2012). The relationship between soil geochemistry and the bioaccessibility of trace elements in playground soil. "Environmental Geochemistry And Health", v. 34 (n. 6); pp. 677-687. ISSN 0269-4042. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10653-012-9486-7.

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Title: The relationship between soil geochemistry and the bioaccessibility of trace elements in playground soil
Author/s:
  • Miguel García, Eduardo de
  • Mingot Marcilla, Juan
  • Chacón Oreja, Enrique
  • Charlesworth, Susanne
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Environmental Geochemistry And Health
Date: December 2012
ISSN: 0269-4042
Volume: 34
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Faculty: E.T.S.I. Minas (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Química y Combustibles [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A total of 32 samples of surficial soil were collected from 16 playground areas in Madrid (Spain), in order to investigate the importance of the geochemistry of the soil on subsequent bioaccessibility of trace elements. The in vitro bioaccessibility of As, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn was evaluated by means of two extraction processes that simulate the gastric environment and one that reproduces a gastric + intestinal digestion sequence. The results of the in vitro bioaccessibility were compared against aqua regia extractions (“total” concentration), and it was found that total concentrations of As, Cu, Pb and Zn were double those of bioaccessible values, whilst that of Cr was ten times higher. Whereas the results of the gastric + intestinal extraction were affected by a high uncertainty, both gastric methods offered very similar and consistent results, with bioaccessibilities following the order: As = Cu = Pb = Zn > Co > Ni > Cr, and ranging from 63 to 7 %. Selected soil properties including pH, organic matter, Fe and CaCO3 content were determined to assess their influence on trace element bioaccessibility, and it was found that Cu, Pb and Zn were predominantly bound to organic matter and, to a lesser extent, Fe oxides. The former fraction was readily accessible in the gastric solution, whereas Fe oxides seemed to recapture negatively charged chloride complexes of these elements in the gastric solution, lowering their bioaccessibility. The homogeneous pH of the playground soils included in the study does not influence trace element bioaccessibility to any significant extent except for Cr, where the very low gastric accessibility seems to be related to the strongly pH-dependent formation of complexes with organic matter. The results for As, which have been previously described and discussed in detail in Mingot et al. (Chemosphere 84: 1386–1391, 2011), indicate a high gastric bioaccessibility for this element as a consequence of its strong association with calcium carbonate and the ease with which these bonds are broken in the gastric solution. The calculation of risk assessments are therefore dependant on the methodology used and the specific environment they address. This has impacts on management strategies formulated to ensure that the most vulnerable of society, children, can live and play without adverse consequences to their health.

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Item ID: 14056
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/14056/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:14056
DOI: 10.1007/s10653-012-9486-7
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10653-012-9486-7?null
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 20 Dec 2012 09:41
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 13:32
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