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Determination of Metal Concentrations in Water (Lab Report Sample)


During this practical we used Ion Chromatography (IC) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry (ICPS) analysis to measure the concentrations of several potentially toxic metallic elements including Arsenic, Cadmium and Lead in water, sediments and plant tissue samples from ponds and reservoirs in Harpurhey, Northern Manchester.
Samples were compared from several locations and considered the accumulation of metals by different species of semi-aquatic macrophytes. The effect of on-going remediation at the sites and possibility of human exposure to potentially toxic metals were considered.
1. Gloves and safety glasses
2. White plastic trays
3. 4 x aluminium foil beakers
4. Buchner apparatus
5. 4x30ml universal tubes
6. Deionised water bottles
7. 3 different plant samples
8. Marker pen
9. Scalpel and scissors
10. 25ml volumetric flask
11. Whatman grade 3 (6um) filter paper
12. 4 x 50ml flasks
13. Two point weighing balance
14. Sediment sample and water samples
. Collect and dry samples
1. Collect and dry sediment= Cut a small section from a sediment core and put it into a labelled foil beaker and place it in the oven at 80 degree Celsius to dry for about 1 hour.
2. Wash and identify plants= At a sink, wash any superficial sediment off your plants and dab dry with paper towel.
3. Collect and dry plant tissue= Cut samples of leaves from two different species (each about 5g at this stage). Clean the samples with deionised water. Shred the tissue and place in separate, labelled foil beakers. Put in the oven at 80 degrees Celsius to dry.
Acid Digestion MUST be performed in a fume cupboard/hood to protect you from fumes. You must wear plastic gloves and safety glasses at all times.
1. Collect subsample of dried sediment for Hot Acid Digest= Remove your dried sediment from the oven. Weigh a 2g subsample into a labelled 50ml flask. In the fume cupboard, add 5ml of 65% Nitric acid (HNO3). Place a marble on the top of the flask. Set on a hot-plate at about 85 degrees Celsius to digest. Allow the samples to evaporate almost to dryness. NB: It si important that none of the samples carbonise- it is therefore vital that one of your group watches the samples at all times.
When the acid has evaporated (or after 1 hour whichever is sooner), remove the flask form the hotplate and allow to cool; you may need to add a small amount (say up to 10ml) of deionised water to re-suspend the residue.
2. Collect subsamples of plant tissue for Cold Acid Digest= Remove the dried plant tissue from the oven. Weigh a 1g subsample of each type into labelled 50ml flasks. In the fume cupboard, add 5ml of 65% Nitric acid and set on a tray to digest for about 45 minutes. This tissue should digest quite easily without heating. However, keep an eye on your samples- if they prove recalcitrant, you may need to warm them slightly on the hotplate to speed the digestion process.
. Filtration
3. Filter the re-suspended, digested samples= Use a Buchner funnel for filtration under reduced air pressure. Use a 4.5um disposable filter paper. Decant the filtrate into a 25ml volumetric flask and make up to volume with deionised water. Decant into a labelled 25-30ml universal tube and set for ICPS. Results were collated and analysed using MS-Excel and SPSS.
The report should have
1. Report layout and presentation (10%)
2. Brief introduction (10%)
3. Summary of field and laboratory methods (10%)
4. Data synthesis, analysis, interpretation and discussion, including evidence of integration with published reports and scientific journal articles (40%)
5. Use supporting figures and tables (20%)
6. Brief conclusion (10%)


Determination of Metal Concentrations in Water, Sediments and Plant Tissue Samples from Ponds and Reservoirs, in Order to Assess the Level of Environmental Risk Related to Environmental Pollution
Date of Submission
The subject of penetration of toxic and heavy metals into marine life is attracting a lot of attention from scholars and practitioners who study aquatic life. This owes to the reality that scholars such as Akpor et al. (2014) and Tabinda et al. (2013) made publications on the penetration of toxic metals into large water masses. It is notable however that the penetration of heavy metals into aquatic life is not limited to large water masses. For instance, Salem et al. (2014) and Salem et al. (2014) argue that surface runoff resulting from heavy downpours can flow into ponds. The runoff contains wastes that could contain heavy metals from industries. What are heavy metals? Akpor et al., (2014) define heavy metals as elements possessing an atomic density, which is greater than 6 g/cm3. Clearly, it is important to examine the existence of such elements in ponds and reservoirs. Consequently, this paper discusses the determination of metal concentrations in water, sediments, and plant tissue samples from ponds and reservoirs in order to assess the level of environmental risk related to environmental pollution in Harpurhey Northern Manchester.
Field and Laboratory Methods
Harpurhey Northern Manchester is approximately three miles to the north of Manchester city centre. This was the study area because data was collected exclusively from this section of Manchester City. In order to collect data from the entire section under study, different groups collected data from different sections. Simply put, nine groups collected data from different sections of the study area. Additionally, the study section was divided into five major sites to prevent the data collectors from collection information from one section of the study area. These sites were labelled as site one, site two, site three, site four and site five. Each of the groups was assigned specific sites of data collection. It is crucial to highlight that some sites had more of groups collecting data than others because the sites varied in terms of size and the number of ponds and reservoirs.
The following materials were used to conduct the study.
Gloves and safety glasses
White plastic trays
Four x aluminium foil beakers
Buchner apparatus
4x30ml universal tubes
Deionised water bottles
Three different plant samples
Marker pen
Scalpel and scissors
25ml volumetric flask
Whatman grade 3 (6um) filter paper
4 x 50ml flasks
Two point weighing balance
Sediment sample and water samples
In order to collect dry sediment, a small section of a sediment core were cut, put into a labelled foil beaker, and exposed to a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius for 1 hour. Superficial sediment was washed off and dried with a dry towel. Dry plant tissue was collected and exposed to a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius before acid digestion was completed in a fume cupboard (which was completed using the following procedure). A 2g subsample was weighed into a 50ml flask before 5ml of nitric acid (HNO3) was added to the subsample. A marble was placed on top of the flask, which was set (the flask) on a hot plate at 850C to digest. The samples were watched at all times as they evaporated to dryness. After the acid evaporated, the flask was removed from the hot plate and allowed to cool. 10 ml of water was used to re-suspend the residue.
It is also critical that subsamples of plant tissue for Cold Acid Digest were collected using the following procedure. One gram of dried plant tissue (of each type) was put into 50 ml labelled flasks. 5ml of sixty-five per ...
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