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dc.contributor.advisorDodd, Matt
dc.contributor.authorGhimire, Chandra
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-22T18:30:02Z
dc.date.available2016-01-22T18:30:02Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-22
dc.date.submitted2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10170/861
dc.description.abstractSoil and blackberry shoots and fruit samples were collected from 30 different locations along two major highways and residential areas in Greater Victoria and analyzed for various contaminants. The concentrations of metals such as Cr, Cu, Pb, Sn, Zn in some of the soil samples exceeded the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment soil quality guidelines for residential/parkland use. Metal concentrations in soils and plants collected along the two highways were elevated compared to those obtained from the residential areas. For example, the mean concentration of Pb in the highway soil samples was 144 mg/kg while in residential areas the mean was 64 mg/kg. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons concentrations were generally higher in the highways samples. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes concentrations in all the samples were below the detection limit. There was a significant positive correlation between traffic volume based on vehicle counts and the concentrations of select contaminants.en_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Assessmenten_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Managementen_US
dc.subjectHighway contaminationen_US
dc.subjectInfluence of Traffic Volumeen_US
dc.subjectsustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectToxicology and Risk Assessmenten_US
dc.titleAssessment of metals and organic contaminants in roadside soils and plants in Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canadaen_US
dc.degree.nameM.Sc. in Environment and Managementen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Environment and Sustainabilityen_US


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