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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 916705, 18 pages
Review Article

Current Status of Trace Metal Pollution in Soils Affected by Industrial Activities

1Department of Environment and Energy, Sejong University, Seoul 143-747, Republic of Korea
2Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
3Korea Basic Science Institute, Seoul Center, Anamdong, Seoul 136-713, Republic of Korea
4Institute of Environmental and Industrial Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791, Republic of Korea
5Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Korea University, Seoul 136-701, Republic of Korea
6Analytical Science Division, National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK

Received 23 November 2011; Accepted 25 December 2011

Academic Editors: M. B. Amran, I. Ciucanu, and S. O. Fakayode

Copyright © 2012 Ehsanul Kabir et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There is a growing public concern over the potential accumulation of heavy metals in soil, owing to rapid industrial development. In an effort to describe the status of the pollutions of soil by industrial activities, relevant data sets reported by many studies were surveyed and reviewed. The results of our analysis indicate that soils were polluted most significantly by metals such as lead, zinc, copper, and cadmium. If the dominant species are evaluated by the highest mean concentration observed for different industry types, the results were grouped into Pb, Zn, Ni, Cu, Fe, and As in smelting and metal production industries, Mn and Cd in the textile industry, and Cr in the leather industry. In most cases, metal levels in the studied areas were found to exceed the common regulation guideline levels enforced by many countries. The geoaccumulation index (𝐼geo), calculated to estimate the enrichment of metal concentrations in soil, showed that the level of metal pollution in most surveyed areas is significant, especially for Pb and Cd. It is thus important to keep systematic and continuous monitoring of heavy metals and their derivatives to manage and suppress such pollution.