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ANNOUNCEMENT: New SEGH Membership Rates

09 October 2018
The SEGH Board are delighted to announce the Society's new membership rates - effective immediately.

The following 1 Year (unless otherwise specified) membership packages are now available:

Full Membership: £46

Full Membership (without journal): £26

Retired Membership: £26

Student Membership: £20

Academic Membership (LMICs, LICs and LDCs*): £25 (1 Year); £45 (2 Years)

Student Membership (LMICs, LICs and LDCs*): £10


*DAC country income status available at:


Summary of key changes:


Full and Retired Membership packages have each increased by £1, while the Student Membership has been reduced by £5. Three new membership packages have been created for LMICs, LICs and LDCs in recognition of the vital importance of Environmental Geochemistry and Health in these countries. 

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  • Pollution characteristics and ecological risk assessment of 11 unheeded metals in sediments of the Chinese Xiangjiang River 2018-12-13


    With the change in global climate and environment, water scarcity has been of great concern around the word and exacerbated by serious pollution in water resources. Pollutants accumulated in sediments are threatening water safety and ecological security. Different from others focusing on prevalent heavy metals (Cu, Pb, Zn, As, Cd, Cr, Hg, etc.), in this study, some unheeded metal pollutants Tl, Sb, Mo, Sr, Co, V, Ti, Ca, Mg, Be and Li were monitored in sediments of the Xiangjiang River, China. It was found that there was no remarkable vertical variation with depth, but the seasonal characteristics of Tl, Sb, Mo, Be and Li. The enrichment, pollution and potential ecological risk of Tl, Sb and Mo were revealed by the enrichment factor (EF), geoaccumulation index (Igeo), pollution load index (PLIsite and PLIzone) and potential ecological risk index (RI). It is noticed that the pollution of Tl mainly occurred in summer at midstream and downstream and Mo pollution was much higher than Sb in summer and the reverse in other seasons. Additionally, sediment quality on east side was worse than on west side in Songbai section of the Xiangjiang River. For the first time, the toxic-response factor was figured out as Mo = 18, Tl = 17, Sb = 13, Sr = 6, Co = Be = 1, V = Li = 0, and importantly, the high potential ecological risk of Tl, Sb and Mo needs to be taken seriously for the comprehensive assessment on watershed environmental quality.

  • Editorial 2018-12-11
  • Chemical fractionation of heavy metals in fine particulate matter and their health risk assessment through inhalation exposure pathway 2018-12-11


    Samples of PM2.5 were collected from an urban area close to a national highway in Agra, India and sequentially extracted into four different fractions: water soluble (F1), reducible (F2), oxidizable (F3) and residual fraction (F4) for chemical fractionation of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), cobalt (Co), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni) and lead (Pb). The metals were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy in each fraction. The average mass concentration of PM2.5 was 93 ± 24 μg m−3.The total concentrations of Cr, Pb, Ni, Co, As and Cd in fine particle were 192 ± 54, 128 ± 25, 108 ± 34, 36 ± 6, 35 ± 5 and 8 ± 2 ng m−3, respectively. Results indicated that Cd and Co had the most bioavailability indexes. Risk Assessment Code and contamination factors were calculated to assess the environmental risk. The present study evaluated the potential Pb hazard to young children using the Integrated Exposure Uptake Biokinetic Model. From the model, the probability density of PbB (blood lead level) revealed that at the prevailing atmospheric concentration, 0.302 children are expected to have PbB concentrations exceeding 10 μg dL−1 and an estimated IQ (intelligence quotient) loss of 1.8 points. The predicted blood Pb levels belong to Group 3 (PbB < 5 μg dL−1). Based on the bioavailable fractions, carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic risks via inhalation exposure were assessed for infants, toddlers, children, males and females. The hazard index for potential toxic metals was 2.50, which was higher than the safe limit (1). However, the combined carcinogenic risk for infants, toddlers, children, males and females was marginally higher than the precautionary criterion (10−6).