GEOPHYSICAL AND GEOCHEMICAL INVESTIGATION OF CHILD PARKS IN KONAK/İZMIR


Timur E.

12th International İstanbul Scientific Research Congress on Life, Engineering, an Applied Sciences, İstanbul, Turkey, 21 - 23 January 2023, pp.241-247

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.241-247
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Soil pollution of significantly reduces environmental quality and affects human health. Screening and detecting soil and sediment pollution have become increasingly important for adequate protection and remediation actions. The pollutants, in most cases, are usually heavy metals, organic contaminants, and agricultural applications such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and hormones. Also, ionizing radiation and non-ionizing electromagnetic fields harm human health. This study aims to trace the distribution and concentration of contaminants in soils and the radiation effect around children's playgrounds in Konak. Magnetic susceptibility, non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, and ionizing radiation measurements were carried out at 28 sites. Radiation and magnetic susceptibility values were collected in and around the sites. As a result, it was determined that all areas were safe from ionizing radiation. Electromagnetic field strength values were above the safety limits at 20 locations, and magnetic susceptibility values were above the average rates at 21 sites. Besides geochemical analysis were carried out to determine the possible heavy metals in the parks and their surroundings. The analysis were made for 33 different elements and it is determined that 21 of them are over the safety limits.