Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

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Symbol H (Human Geosciences) » H-GG Geography

[H-GG13] Use and management of natural resources and environment

Wed. May 25, 2016 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL6)

Convener:*Gen Ueda(Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University), Yoshinori OTSUKI(Institute of Geography, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University)

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

[HGG13-P03] Heavy metal pollution in river originated from the mine developing in Mongolia

*Osamu Nagafuchi1, Koyomi Nakazawa1, Choijil Javzan2, Jamsran Tsogtbaatar2, Akifumi Yoshida1, Kanji Okano1 (1.Department of Environmental Science, University of Shiga Prefecture, 2.Institute of Geography, Mongolian Academy of Sciences)

Keywords:mercury, NINJA, illegal small-scale gold mining, major ion, heavy metal

Increasing large-scale and rampant small-scale mining activity in Mongolia is raising fears about the possibility of regional environmental pollution. To characterize the level of surface water pollution related to large- and small-scale
, we analyzed about 50 river water sample s collected from three areas: Boroo mining area, Zaamal area and Uyanga-gaas area. The samples were collected between 26 August and 7 September 2014. Measurements parameters included pH, EC, major ion and trace metal. Principal component analyses, Piper diagrams and enrichment were applied to a set of hydrochemical data. Water samples were analyzed to identify components that may adversely affect the regional environment and human health. Analytical measurements showed that the studies sites were highly affected by trace elements derived from anthropogenic activity. Especially, mercury concentration was very high in the village of NINJA, that is illegal gold mining.