A study on a sulfate soil and acidic river occurance in Semberong River

Ridzuan, Mohd Baharudin and Abdul Latiff , Ab Aziz and Musa, Sabariah and Arshad , Jamalludin (2008) A study on a sulfate soil and acidic river occurance in Semberong River. In: 1st National Seminar on Environment, Development and Sustainability (PSISenviro2008), 28-29 July 2008, Selangor, Malaysia.

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Rivers have many benefits to every life in the world. It gives us food, water and sometimes it is used for transportation. Nowadays, some of the rivers have been polluted because of human activities or its own bad condition. Semberong river is one of the thousands rivers in Malaysia that have been polluted for years. Geological map of Malaysia shown that Semberong river is located in the sulfate soil area. It was found from previous studies that leaching of the sulfur mineral in the soil to the environment would lead to acidic river resulting from the oxidation process. This study was carried out to determined sulfate content in soil along the river which causes acidity in river basin. Besides, sulfate content in soils can be related with the occurrence of acidic river. This study is conducted by collecting soil samples at selected stations. A leaching column of an undisturbed soil was constructed in the laboratory to collect leachate sample from the soils. The concentration of sulfate in the samples was analyzed by using DR 5000. It also studied to determine the selected metal like aluminum, ferum and manganese content in soils, which were analyzed by using Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). This study contributes high content of metals (Al, Fe and Mn) in the river. This study has carried out with the location of the soil which contain sulfate and the relationship of sulfate with the occurrence of acid river.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:sulfate soil; acidic river; leaching column
Subjects:T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD201-500 Water supply for domestic and industrial purposes
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD878-880 Soil pollution. Soil remediation
Divisions:Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering > Department of Water and Environment Engineering
ID Code:2304
Deposited By:Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Deposited On:09 Feb 2012 11:38
Last Modified:09 Feb 2012 11:38

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