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Title: The Effects of Gold Panning on Water Quality in The Umzingwane Catchment Area: A Case Study of Esigodini
Authors: Mushinga, Lucinda Nomsa
Keywords: Gold panning
water quality
gold extraction
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: Lupane State University
Abstract: Gold panning is one of the world’s major threats to water quality and availability. This has been evidenced by an increase in number of polluted water bodies due to indecorous gold extraction in the entire globe. The main objective of this study was to assess the impact of gold panning on water quality in the Esigodini area within the Umzingwane catchment using heavy metals as parameters. Data was collected through sampling of the water bodies in the catchment area. Areas sampled were where there was gold panning and where there is no gold panning in the wet and dry season. The concentration of heavy metals was analyzed using the Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. Results from the study revealed that gold panning has different impacts on water quality in the catchment area depending on location and season. The author recommends that further studies on the effect of gold panning on aquatic life should be carried out as they accumulate metals and also more study on sediments as they too accumulate heavy metals
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