Multipotential Toxic Metals Accumulated in Urban Soil and Street Dust from Xining City, NW China: Spatial Occurrences, Sources, and Health Risks

  • Meng Zhang
  • Xiaoping LiEmail author
  • Rui Yang
  • Jiwen Wang
  • Yuwei Ai
  • Yu Gao
  • Yuchao Zhang
  • Xu Zhang
  • Xiangyang Yan
  • Bin Liu
  • Hongtao Yu


A total of 155 urban soil and 157 dust samples were collected from Xining city (NW, China) with the objective to systematically investigate the spatial occurrences, sources, and health risk status of potential toxic metals (PTMs) bound in urban soil and street dust. Results established by Geographic Information System tools with inverse distance weighted interpolation technique indicated that the spatial status of 24 multi-PTMs varied with their concentration levels in urban soils and street dusts in monitored local areas. However, they had the similar sources in soil and dust. It was found that Bi, Ga, Nb, Ni, Rb, Sr, Th, U, Y, Zr, As, Mn, Nb, Ti, and V would be possibly predominated by nature material, whereas contamination of Ba, Cr, Cu, Pb, and Zn was clearly related to traffic-related sources. Peculiar associations among Sb, Sn, Ce, and Co were possibly enriched in soil and dust very close to the industrial activities. It was noted that PTMs in urban soil was an important contributor to them in dust. Compared with the potential ecological risk index of all PTMs, Sb posed very high risk. The calculated hazard index and cancer risk of all PTMs suggested the acceptable range both to noncarcinogenic and carcinogenic risk to children and adults except for the case of Cr. However, the noncarcinogenic risk for children was usually higher compared with adults. Although the noncarcinogenic and carcinogenic risk were not significant, the risk of Cr above the threshold for children and adults were observed in most local sites, which should be given more attention.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41471420, 41877517), the project of International Science and Technology Innovation and Cooperation Base (2018GHJD-16), the Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province (2015JM4124), and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (GK201701010, GK 200902024, and GK201402032).

Author Contributions

XL conceived and designed the experiments and organized the manuscript. MZ wrote the manuscript. XL and HY revised the manuscript. RY and JW performed the main experiments and GIS plots. YA, YG, YZ, XZ, XY, and BL contributed the sampling, reagents, materials, and data analysis.

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This manuscript has been seen by all co-authors, and its submission has been approved by all co-authors. All the authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Science, School of Geography and TourismShaanxi Normal UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.International Joint Research Centre of Shaanxi Province for Pollutant Exposure and Eco-Environmental HealthXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringShaanxi Normal UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural SciencesMorgan State UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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