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Potential linkages between mineral magnetic measurements and urban roadside soil pollution (part 2)

Crosby, C. J.; Fullen, M. A.; Booth, C. A.


C. J. Crosby

M. A. Fullen

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Colin Booth
Professor of Smart and Sustainable Infrastructures


Use of mineral magnetic concentration parameters (χLF, χARM and SIRM) as a potential pollution proxy for soil samples collected from Wolverhampton (UK) is explored. Comparison of soil-related analytical data by correlation analyses between each magnetic parameter and individual geochemical classes (i.e. Fe, Pb, Ni, Zn, Cd), are reported. χLF, χARM and SIRM parameters reveal significant (p < 0.001 n = 60), strong (r = 0.632-0.797), associations with Fe, Cu, Zn and Pb. Inter-geochemical correlations suggest anthropogenic influences, which is supported by low χFD% measurements that infer an influence of multi-domain mineralogy are indicative of anthropogenic combustion processes. Results indicate mineral magnetic measurements could potentially be used as a geochemical indicator for soils in certain environments and/or specific settings that are appropriate for monitoring techniques. The mineral magnetic technique offers a simple, reliable, rapid, sensitive, inexpensive and non-destructive approach that could be a valuable pollution proxy for soil contamination studies. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Crosby, C. J., Fullen, M. A., & Booth, C. A. (2014). Potential linkages between mineral magnetic measurements and urban roadside soil pollution (part 2). Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 16(3), 548-557.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 14, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Apr 3, 2014
Journal Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts
Print ISSN 2050-7887
Electronic ISSN 2050-7895
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 3
Pages 548-557
Keywords mineral, magnetic, urban, roadside soil pollution
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