Quantification of potential elemental impact of a munitions production and testing facility on its immediate surroundings / Unique Janse van Rensburg

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dc.contributor.author Janse van Rensburg, Unique en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-30T10:17:51Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-30T10:17:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/4575
dc.description Thesis (M.Sc. (Environmental Science and Management))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2011.
dc.description.abstract The 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.publisher North-West University
dc.subject Antelope en_US
dc.subject Munitions en_US
dc.subject Vegetation en_US
dc.subject Soil en_US
dc.subject Elemental concentrations en_US
dc.subject Rainfall en_US
dc.subject Organs en_US
dc.subject Kidneys en_US
dc.subject Liver en_US
dc.subject Lungs en_US
dc.subject Explosives en_US
dc.subject Firearms en_US
dc.subject Metal en_US
dc.subject Elements en_US
dc.subject Accumulation en_US
dc.subject Ammunition en_US
dc.subject Bokke en_US
dc.subject Wapens en_US
dc.subject Plantegroei en_US
dc.subject Grond en_US
dc.subject Elementkonsentrasies en_US
dc.subject Reënval en_US
dc.subject Organe en_US
dc.subject Niere en_US
dc.subject Lewer en_US
dc.subject Longe en_US
dc.subject Plofstowwe en_US
dc.subject Vuurwapens en_US
dc.subject Metaal en_US
dc.subject Elemente en_US
dc.subject Akkumulering en_US
dc.subject Ammunisie en_US
dc.title Quantification of potential elemental impact of a munitions production and testing facility on its immediate surroundings / Unique Janse van Rensburg en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesistype Masters en_US

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