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Distribution of Trace Elements in Coconut Water and Mine Water from Barite Nineralized Zone, Cuddapah District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Geology, Loyola Degree College, Pulivendla, Kadapa District, AP, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Chemistry, Loyola Degree College, Pulivendla, Kadapa District, AP, INDIA
  • 3 P.G. Department of Geology, R.T.M. Nagpur University, Law College Square, Nagpur, Maharastra, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 1, Issue (5), Pages 22-26, December,22 (2012)

Abstract

In Barite mining area of Vemula, coconuts were collected from the coconut trees and from these coconuts coconut water was collected. Water samples from barite mine pits was also collected for the purpose of comparison. In order to study the trace elements behaviour in coconut water and mine water, trace element analysis for six elements such as Ba, Sr, Cr, Mn, Co and Ni was carried out by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. In mine water, the elemental concentrations of Ba ,Sr, Cr, Mn, Co and Ni are higher on dry weight basis than that of ash weight basis. Whereas in coconut water, the concentrations of all elements are higher on ash weight basis than on dry weight basis. The variations in the concentration of trace elements on the ash weight basis and dry weight basis are attributed to the influence of organic matter in dry samples and the degree of volatilization of different element while ashing. The concentration of trace elements is strikingly different in the coconut water compared to mine water. The trace element composition of coconut water is distinctly different from that of mine water. Further this study reveals that, coconut trees can ideally be useful to determine the biogeochemical reconnaissance surveys, and nutritional status of an area.

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