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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 19)
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Trace-elements Exposure Levels in Artisanal “Galamsey” Mines in Wassa-West District, Ghana

C.K. Nuviadenu, B.J.B. Nyarko, J.J. Fletcher, G.K. Banini, A. Forson, S.K. Debrah and J.E. Ayivor
Corresponding Author:  Christian Kwasi Nuviadenu 

Key words:  Fingernail , INAA, trace-element, , , ,
Vol. 4 , (19): 3671-3674
Submitted Accepted Published
February 16, 2012 March 16, 2012 October 01, 2012
Abstract:

In order to assess trace-elements exposure levels in artisanal mines within the Wassa-West District of Ghana, Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) method was used to analyse fingernails of some miners. Mean concentrations were recorded for four trace-elements, namely mercury (Hg): 8.14 μg/g, gold (Au): 1.09 μg/g, Arsenic (As): 5.53 μg/g and antimony (Sb): 0.60 μg/g. These concentration levels and their health implications for the miners, as well as the environment impact of artisanal mining activities and some remedial mitigation actions were analysed.
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C.K. Nuviadenu, B.J.B. Nyarko, J.J. Fletcher, G.K. Banini, A. Forson, S.K. Debrah and J.E. Ayivor , 2012. Trace-elements Exposure Levels in Artisanal “Galamsey” Mines in Wassa-West District, Ghana .  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 4(19): 3671-3674.
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