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Environmental study for pollution in the area of Megalopolis power plant (Peloponnesos, Greece)

Sarris, Apostolos, Kokinou, Eleni, Aidona Eleni, Kallithrakas-Kontos Nikolaos, Koulouridakis Pavlos, Kakoulaki, Georgia, Droulia Kassiani, Damianovits Ourania

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Year 2009
Type of Item Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication
Bibliographic Citation A. Sarris, E. Kokinou, E. Aidona, N. Kallithrakas-Kontos, P. Koulouridakis, G. Kakoulaki, K. Droulia and O. Damianovits, "Environmental study for pollution in the area of Megalopolis power plant (Peloponnesos, Greece)," Environ. Geol., vol. 58, no. 8, pp. 1769-1783, Jan. 2009. doi: 10.1007/s00254-008-1676-3
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The main purpose of the present study is to investigate the suitability of magnetic properties in corre-lation to geochemical measurements as a pollution-monitoring tool and study the metal transmission factors in an area around a major local source, namely a lignite-burning power plant. Surface soil samples were collected in the wide area of the power plant of Megalopolis (Pelo-ponnesos, Greece). The magnetic susceptibility and other magnetic properties of the surface soils were originally measured and mapped. Loci of high values of magnetic susceptibility within the study area gave rise to further analyze the soil samples for metal concentrations. GIS techniques were used for mapping all the chemical con-stituent concentrations and the magnetic measurements on the various topographic and geological features of the area. Maps were created through interpolation algorithms indi-cating the spatial distribution of the above measurements. Spatial tools and statistical analysis through the calculation of Pearson's coefficients proved the correlation between magnetic properties, metal concentrations and the terrain attributes (especially the geological structure and the wind currents) of the region.