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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-61

Heavy metal contamination in water sources of Thaliparamba municipality, Kerala, India

1 Department of Physics, Sir Syed College, Kannur, Kerala, India
2 Department of Physics, Government College Kasaragod, Kasaragod, Kerala, India
3 Department of Geography, Kannur University, Payyanur Campus, Kannur, India
4 Department of Physics, Calicut University, Malappuram, Kerala, India
5 Department of Chemistry, Sir Syed College, Kannur, Kerala, India

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T P Nafeesa Baby
Department of Physics, Sir Syed College, Thaliparamba, Kannur - 670 142, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/rpe.rpe_25_21

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The present study is an attempt to assess the heavy metal contamination in the water sources of Thaliparamaba Municipality, Kannur district, Kerala. The concentration of heavy metals, namely As, Cr, Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Ni, Cd, Hg, and Pb in water samples was measured using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The physicochemical parameters, namely pH, electrical conductivity, and salinity of the water samples were also measured. The results indicate that the concentration of most of the heavy metals in water samples collected from the study area is much higher than the permissible limits. The anthropogenic activities may influence the enhanced level of heavy metal concentration in the study area. The results of these systematic investigations are presented and discussed in detail in the manuscript.

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