Articles | Volume 23, issue 5
Research article
06 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 06 Sep 2016

Comparison of the multifractal characteristics of heavy metals in soils within two areas of contrasting economic activities in China

Xiaohui Li, Xiangling Li, Feng Yuan, Simon M. Jowitt, Taofa Zhou, Kui Yang, Jie Zhou, Xunyu Hu, and Yang Li

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Subject: Scaling, multifractals, turbulence, complex systems, self-organized criticality | Topic: Solid earth, continental surface, biogeochemistry
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In this paper, we present the results of a heavy metal soil geochemical survey in Hefei city and use three multifractal parameters to indicate the overall amount of multifractality within the soil geochemical data. The results show all of the elements barring Hg have larger multifractal parameters in the Daxing area compared to the Yicheng area. The degree of multifractality suggests that the differing economic activities in Daxing and Yicheng generate very different heavy metal pollution loads.