7 Ways Nickel can be Found in Soil

Nickel is essential for healthy plant life. As a result, it is found naturally in most vegetables, fruits, and nuts, and in the food products derived from them, for example –chocolate and wine.- Nickel In Soil, nickel concentrations vary, ranging from 0.7 to 259 mg Ni/kg soil on a global basis, with an arithmetic mean of 23.9 mg Ni/kg. – Nickel Institute So, there is no significant way we can stay away from nickel. There are found in:

  1. Ultramafic Igneous Rocks

  2. Sedimentary Rocks

  3. Sandy soils

    • There is nickel in Sandy soils, but the geology and soil-forming processes make it unpredictable but strongly influence the amount of nickel in soils. Which has higher average concentrations reported in clays, silts, and fine-grained loams relative to coarser-grained loams, and sandy.  – Nickel Institute
  4. Burning oil and coal

    • Anthropogenic activity (caused or produced by humans) has resulted in the atmospheric deposition of nickel from the burning of oil and coal. – Nickel Institute
  5. Nickel Smelter, Plating work, and Steel Mill

    • Localized nickel contamination with high concentrations of nickel may also occur near to a nickel smelter, plating works or steel mill.
      – Nickel Institute
  6. Agricultural fertilizers

    • Agricultural fertilizers, especially phosphates, are also a significant source of nickel in soil but it is unlikely to build-up in the soil in the long-term from their use. – Nickel Institute
  7. Application of Wastes

    • More important is the application of wastes to land, including sewage sludge. – Nickel Institute

Even though Nickel is considered an essential part of plant life, According to Lenntech, high nickel concentrations on sandy soils can damage plants and high nickel concentrations in surface waters can diminish the growth rates of algae. Microorganisms can also suffer from growth decline due to the presence of nickel, but they usually develop resistance to nickel after a while. So you know, this is informative it isn’t supposed to scare you. For all of us, Nickely Challenged folks, we never really know where nickel is found, and our doctors don’t do an excellent job informing us.

Well, till next Wednesday,

Think about the soil you touch (Just joking, this might cause extreme anxiety)


Written by Barbara Njuguna

Neurotically Nickely Challenged😫, food lover 🍱, social explorer🧘🏾‍♀️, & trying to navigate this adult life as nickel free as possible😓


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