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Groundwater iron and manganese source apportionment in Chandrapur District, Central India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Centre for Higher Learning and Research in Environmental Science, Sardar Patel College, Ganj Ward, Chandrapur 442 402, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 9, Issue (1), Pages 10-25, January,22 (2020)


Grab sampling method was used to sample groundwater from 36 sampling locations from the Chandrapur district in three seasons i.e. winter, summer, and post-monsoon. The samples were analyzed for physiochemical parameters and heavy metals viz. iron and manganese. Data obtained from the study area was interpreted by using multivariate statistical analysis i.e. Principal component analysis, cluster analysis, correlation matrix and one way ANOVA to ascertain source apportionment of these two heavy metals. The results of the multivariate analysis revealed iron and manganese both were associated with the lithogenic source. Groundwater iron concentration was more as compared with manganese and at a number of sampling locations, it was above the stipulated standard of BIS (0.3 mg/L).


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