Multivariate analysis of heavy metal contents of sediments from Gumusler creek, Nigde, Turkey

Yalcin M. G., NARİN I., SOYLAK M.

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY, vol.54, no.6, pp.1155-1163, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00254-007-0884-6
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1155-1163
  • Keywords: Gumusler creek, heavy metal, Nigde massive, geostatistics, geochemistry, pollution, ATOMIC-ABSORPTION-SPECTROMETRY, PRECONCENTRATION, CARBON, WATER
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, heavy metal contents of samples from Gumusler creek in Turkey were studied and the metal contamination characteristics were investigated. In this respect, considering the pollutant sites in the area, systematic sediment samples were collected in a zone starting from the manifestation part of the water to the entrance of the Karasu creek in Gumusler town. Samples were taken from lower section of the river bed at 30 stations along Gumusler creek, 13 km in length and their heavy metal contents were analyzed with XRF Spectrometer. Correlation coefficients, element coefitic coefficient correlation, dendogram hierarchical cluster, model summary and Annova analysis statistical methods were applied to data. Strong positive correlations were determined for some elements which are believed to have possibly the same origin. In addition, mineralizations in the area are thought to cause variation in metal contents. Results of chemical analysis show that soil limit values and clark values were exceeded. The heavy metal accumulation in the creek is believed to be derived from non-operated Sb-Hg-W and Fe quarries.