Influence of the Spreca River Flooding on Individual Physicochemical Parameters of Soil

  • Melisa Ahmetovic
  • Husejin Keran
  • Indira Šestan
  • Amra Odobašic
  • Asmira Canic
  • Halid Junuzovic
  • Nisveta Hrnjic
Keywords: heavy metals, physicochemical analysis, soil, pollution degree


During the last few years, we have witnessed more frequent floods affecting the northeastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the valley of the Spreča River. Flooded soil has undergone various changes, in terms of numerous deficiencies and heavy metal contamination, where such soil represents a great danger both for people and animals. Therefore, in this paper the physicochemical analysis of soil and degree of pollution is determined. The aim of soil sampling and analysis is to determine its status after water withdrawal, in terms of nutrient supply, and to determine possible chemical pollution. Based on the results obtained, agricultural producers will receive recommendations regarding restoration of production on these areas, the choice of cultivated culture, corrective measures or remediation of these areas.

As part of the analysis, hygroscopic moisture, acid-base soil status, oxidoreduction potential, organic matter content, carbonate content and heavy metals content were determined. Based on the performed analyzes, the soil was shown to be of neutral character (determined in 1M KCl), and weakly alkaline (determined in distilled H2O) with predominantly reducing condition prevailing in the soil. The conducted analyzes have shown that the soil is very poor in humus, and that the heavy metals content is within the limit values determined by the Rulebook on Determination of Allowed Quantities of Harmful and Dangerous Substances in Soil and Method of Testing there of (“Official Gazette of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, number 52/09). Therefore, from the aspect of the pollution degree, the soil from this plot belongs to the first class when it comes to iron, manganese, cadmium and lead, to the second class when it comes to zinc, and the third class when it comes to copper.


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Melisa Ahmetovic, Husejin Keran, Indira Šestan, Amra Odobašic, Asmira Canic, Halid Junuzovic, & Nisveta Hrnjic. (2020). Influence of the Spreca River Flooding on Individual Physicochemical Parameters of Soil. International Journal for Research in Applied Sciences and Biotechnology, 7(3), 13-18.

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