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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School of Technology > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Construction and Infrastructure > Magnetic properties of urban street dust and their relationship with organic matter content in the West Midlands, UK

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Title: Magnetic properties of urban street dust and their relationship with organic matter content in the West Midlands, UK
Authors: Shilton, Vaughan F.
Booth, Colin A.
Smith, Jacqueline P.
Giess, Paul
Mitchell, David J.
Williams, Craig D.
Citation: Atmospheric Environment, 39(20): 3651-3659
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2005
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/11144
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.03.005
Additional Links: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VH3-4G05MK6-5&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=e82ee22399c2228f12da8d9532ede07f
Abstract: This study demonstrates significant correlations between the organic matter content of urban street dust and certain mineral magnetic properties, which accords with previous work that indicates magnetic parameters offer potential as a proxy for organic content. However, site-specific data demonstrate the relationship can be different for particular roads, even within the same area. This indicates the association may be more complex than previous work proposes and a cautionary note is required. It is recommended that the nature of the relationship between magnetic and organic properties should be fully explored for particular urban environments and individual field settings, before using magnetic measurements as a proxy for organic matter content. Furthermore, whilst soil is believed to significantly contribute to urban street dust, magnetic values in this study are much higher than those previously reported for top-soils and indicate the influence of other sources, such as anthropogenic pollutants. This suggests that using magnetic measurements to discriminate sources of urban particulates has considerable potential for development.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Environmental magnetism
Data correlation
Anthropogenic pollutants
Diesel emissions
Public health
Topsoil
Dust
Air pollution
Environmental pollution
ISSN: 1352-2310
Appears in Collections: Construction and Infrastructure
Plant and Environmental Research Group

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