The distribution of organochlorine pesticides in surface soils from Mongolia

  • Elena Mamontova A.P. Vinogradov Institute of Geochemistry, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Alexander Mamontov A.P. Vinogradov Institute of Geochemistry, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Eugenia Tarasova A.P. Vinogradov Institute of Geochemistry, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Darmaa Ganchimeg Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences
  • Gombosuren Odontuya Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences
  • Janchiv Oyuntsetseg Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences
Keywords: surface soil, organochlorine pesticides, factors, Mongolia


Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) were measured in fifty-nine soil samples in urban and background and rural areas throughout Mongolia to fill up the gap in data set of OCPs in soil in Central Asia. The median of α-HCH+γ-HCHs, p,p`-DDT+p,p`-DDE+p,p`-DDD and HCB comes to 0.02, 0.16 and 0.02 ng/g dry weight respectively. OCPs levels in soils from rural and background regions of Mongolia are comparable or lower than those obtained in soil of remote and mountain areas of the world. The influence of some factors including land use, soil organic carbon, natural zones and latitude on OCP distribution in surface soils in Mongolia was found. It is associated with the extensive development of agriculture and stock-breeding in central and northern parts of Mongolia.


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How to Cite
Mamontova, E., Mamontov, A., Tarasova, E., Ganchimeg, D., Odontuya, G., & Oyuntsetseg, J. (2015). The distribution of organochlorine pesticides in surface soils from Mongolia. Chemical Bulletin of Kazakh National University, (1), 4-19.
Environmental Chemistry