Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 343–347 | Cite as

Copper content and its distribution in soils of Tibet

  • Zhang Xiaoping
  • Yan Xiuyi
  • Yang Xueming
Eco-environmental Problems


The copper (Cu) content in 205 soil samples (0–20 cm) of Tibet, covering 5 soil classes, were analyzed. The results showed as follows: (1) the average content of Cu was 19.6 mg kg-1 (CV=49. 28%); (2) the content of Cu in Tibetan soils was lower than the average level of China; (3) the content of Cu gradually decreased from the southeast to the northwest which was consistent with the direction of changes in the zonal successions of soil in Tibet; (4) Cu contents in Tibetan soils varied with soil properties, particularly soil parent materials that Cu contents were remarkably enriched in soils derived from shale materials.

Key words

copper soil Tibet 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhang Xiaoping
    • 1
  • Yan Xiuyi
    • 2
  • Yang Xueming
    • 1
  1. 1.Changchun Institute of GeographyCASChangchunChina
  2. 2.Jilin UniversityChangchunChina

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