Algerian Journal of Materials Chemistry
Volume 3, Numéro 2, Pages 113-123

Assessment Of Some Essential Metals Contents Of Limestone And Soil Samples From Ashaka Cement Factory, Funakaye Local Government Area, Gombe State, Nigeria

Authors : Gurama Hassan Mustapha . Sani A.a . Omotainse S.o . Garba S.t .


This research work aimed at assessing the level of the heavy metals, Cu, Mn, and Zn in soil and Limestone samples collected from Ashaka cement factory in Jalingo, Darumfa and Lariski Villages within the vicinity of company. Four different samples were collected at interval of five metres apart and the soil samples were collected at a depth of 5cm from the top. The collected samples were air dried and pulverized into fine powder and sieved with a 2mm sieve to obtain a powdered matrix of particles size < 75µm. The samples were subsequently pelletized using pressed machine. The heavy metals, Cu, Mn and Zn were analysed using Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (WDXRF). Zn was observed to show higher levels in all the soil samples; Cadmium was observed to show higher concentration in limestone samples; the results obtained shows that, of the entire element determined in this study, Mn have the highest concentrations in limestone. The value of the heavy metals suggests that activities are a major source of heavy metals.


SS1=Limestone from Quarry, SS2=Soils from Darufa, SS3=Soil from Lariski, Limestone, WDXRF= Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence, Heavy Metals