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dc.contributor.authorJanse van Rensburg, Uniqueen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-30T10:17:51Z
dc.date.available2011-08-30T10:17:51Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/4575
dc.descriptionThesis (M.Sc. (Environmental Science and Management))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2011.
dc.description.abstractThe study attempted to quantify the elemental concentrations and possible accumulation levels in the antelope's organ tissue at Rheinmetal Denel Munitions (RDM), as well as to correlate the findings with the surrounding environment. To achieve this, the elemental concentrations within the kidney, liver and lung tissue of the antelope, and environmental factors such as the soil, vegetation and waterholes were quantified. STATISTICA was used to determine meaningful differences between variables and Canoco to determine the relationship between the different datasets. PCA analyses of the vegetation confirmed that the natural slope at RDM could have contributed to the distribution and variation of the elemental concentration. It became apparent that positive associations existed between the liver tissue and the K, the kidney tissue and Ni and Cd, and the lung tissue had a positive association with Mg, Mn, V, Rb and Co elemental concentrations. It became evident in this study that the elemental concentrations of Al and Ni were higher in the liver and kidney tissue of the antelope than the recommended concentration for livestock (Puls, 1994). The elemental concentration of Al, Ca, Fe and Mn also exceeded the recommended elemental concentration for livestock, in the water sampled at RDM (Puls, 1994). Four distinct areas were identified within the study area, the area above the factory, the area under the factory, the testing area and the area under the factory. Significant differences between the testing area and the area under the factory were found regarding the Tl, Ag, Hg and B elemental concentrations in the vegetation. Furthermore, it became apparent that the amount of precipitation could have contributed to the variation of the elemental concentrations and distribution in the study area as well as in the organ tissue of the antelope.en_US
dc.publisherNorth-West University
dc.subjectAntelopeen_US
dc.subjectMunitionsen_US
dc.subjectVegetationen_US
dc.subjectSoilen_US
dc.subjectElemental concentrationsen_US
dc.subjectRainfallen_US
dc.subjectOrgansen_US
dc.subjectKidneysen_US
dc.subjectLiveren_US
dc.subjectLungsen_US
dc.subjectExplosivesen_US
dc.subjectFirearmsen_US
dc.subjectMetalen_US
dc.subjectElementsen_US
dc.subjectAccumulationen_US
dc.subjectAmmunitionen_US
dc.subjectBokkeen_US
dc.subjectWapensen_US
dc.subjectPlantegroeien_US
dc.subjectGronden_US
dc.subjectElementkonsentrasiesen_US
dc.subjectReënvalen_US
dc.subjectOrganeen_US
dc.subjectNiereen_US
dc.subjectLeweren_US
dc.subjectLongeen_US
dc.subjectPlofstowween_US
dc.subjectVuurwapensen_US
dc.subjectMetaalen_US
dc.subjectElementeen_US
dc.subjectAkkumuleringen_US
dc.subjectAmmunisieen_US
dc.titleQuantification of potential elemental impact of a munitions production and testing facility on its immediate surroundingsen
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.thesistypeMastersen_US


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