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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

Where is it found?
The Earth’s mantle or earths core has the highest concentration of nickel where Ultramafic Igneous Rocks – Nickel Institute

2. Sedimentary Rocks 

 They have lower levels of nickel these include shales, clays, limestones, and sandstones. – Nickel Institute

3. Sandy soils 

There is nickel in Sandy soils but the geology and soil-forming processes makes 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 fertilisers, especially phosphates, are also a significant source of nickel in soil but it is unlikely to build-up in 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 clearly damage plants and high nickel concentrations in surface waters can diminish the growth rates of algae. Micro organisms 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 suppose to scare you. For all of us, Nickely Challenged, we never really know where nickel is found and our doctors don’t do a very good job of telling us.

Well, till next Wednesday,

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

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