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Data from: Assessment of tea garden soils at An’xi County in southeast China reveals a mild threat from contamination of potentially harmful elements

Citation

Cao, Hai–Lei et al. (2018), Data from: Assessment of tea garden soils at An’xi County in southeast China reveals a mild threat from contamination of potentially harmful elements, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.5f6v8

Abstract

An extensive study on the spatial distribution characteristics of potentially harmful elements (PHEs) in tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) garden soils and ecological risk assessment at An’xi County, the birthplace of oolong tea in China, was implemented. A total of 78 soil samples were examined to determine the concentration of five PHEs (As, Cd, Cr, Hg, and Pb), soil organic matter, and pH by using geostatistical approaches combined with geographic information system (GIS) analysis. All potentially harmful elements presented in the study area were slightly higher than their background values for provincial and national standards except Cr. Moreover, ecological risk assessment of PHEs in the tea garden soils at An’xi County was performed by means of the Håkanson method. The average ecological potential risk index (Er) of the five PHEs followed a descending order of Cd > Hg > Pb > As > Cr, and suggested a moderate ecological risk in the study area.

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