Lead Pollution and Isotope Tracing of Surface Sediments in the Huainan Panji Coal Mining Subsidence Area, Anhui, China

  • Liugen ZhengEmail author
  • Xu Liu
  • Quan Tang
  • Jinping Ou


In this study, the provenance of anthropogenic lead, a major pollutant of surface sediments, was determined in Huainan Panji coal mining area. The lead concentrations and the pollution degree were investigated by the enrichment factor. Tessier five-step morphology extraction method was used to discuss its potential hazard. By comparing the lead isotope ratios of surface sediments and surrounding potential polluted end-members, the lead isotope ternary mixture model was appropriated to explore the sources and relative contribution fractions. The results showed that: (1) The lead concentrations ranged from 31.44 to 64.07 mg/kg which was mild-moderate pollution. (2) The chemical forms of lead were residue state > iron-manganese oxidation state > exchangeable state > organic state > carbonate state. (3) The anthropogenic lead in surface sediments originated from soil, vehicle exhaust, coal gangue. And the relative contribution fractions were 51.70%, 30.90%, and 17.40%.


Coal-mining subsidence area Surface sediment Lead Isotope ratio 



This work was financially supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41373108; 41702176), Science and Technology Development Project of Anhui Traffic and Navigation Engineering (Grant No. JTHW-2017K1). We acknowledge editors and reviewers for polishing the language of the paper and for in-depth discussion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Resource and Environmental EngineeringAnhui UniversityHefeiChina
  2. 2.School of Life ScienceAnhui UniversityHefeiChina
  3. 3.National Engineering Laboratory of Coal Mine Ecological Environment ProtectionHuainanChina

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