Distributions of arsenic and selenium in selected Chinese coal mines

Sci Total Environ. 2002 Sep 16;296(1-3):19-26. doi: 10.1016/s0048-9697(01)01136-6.


The contents of arsenic and selenium in 33 coals collected from the main coal mines in northeastern, northern and eastern China were determined by flow injection-hydride generation and non-dispersion atomic fluorescence spectrometry (HGAFS). The concentrations of As in the northeast region are relatively higher with the values > 100 microg g(-1); in the east they are lower with values < 100 microg g(-1). The contents of Se in these three areas are the opposite, most of them from the northeast mines are < 1 microg g(-1) and increase as the mine location advances south where the average contents are > 5 microg g(-1).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arsenic / analysis*
  • China
  • Coal*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Mining*
  • Selenium / analysis*


  • Coal
  • Selenium
  • Arsenic