Geochemistry and origin of particles pm-10 in the area of Tikveš, Republic of Macedonia

  • Ivan Boev
  • Orce Spasovski
  • Dejan Mirakovski
  • Elizabeta Karakaseva


We analyzed 13 aerosol samples collected on two sites in 2012: one in a commercial-industrialarea and one in a residential area of Tikveš area. Coarse (PM 10) fractions were analyzed by ICP-MS at University inŠtip. Seasonal gravimetric trends are obvious with higher concentrations in winter for both sides due to bad conditionsof air circulation. Three main sources are proposed: (1) a natural source (crustal-geological formations) to whichMg, Li, Th, Na, Ca, U, Sr, Ca, Ti, V are related; (2) an industrial combustion source, which carries Cu, Mo, As, Zn,Pb; and (3) and nickel smelter source, characterized by high levels of Ni, Cr, Fe, Co, Mn.


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Boev, I., Spasovski, O., Mirakovski, D., & Karakaseva, E. (2014). Geochemistry and origin of particles pm-10 in the area of Tikveš, Republic of Macedonia. Geologica Macedonica, 28(2), pp. 139-148. Retrieved from