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    Treatment of Olive Mill Wastewater (OMWW) Using Variable Coagulants with super Flocculants
    (Al-Quds University, 2018-05-06) Jamila Zhran Ibrahim Zhran; جميلة زهران إبراهيم زهران
    Olive mill wastewater (OMWW) management has been a major issue of environmental concern for olive oil producing countries. In Palestine, the problem of untreated OMWW discharge is urgent. Several hundred thousand cubic meters of untreated WW is discharged into open areas (wadies) and cesspools whereas the solid waste (olive husk) is dumped into lands nearby the olive mills without treatment. This increases the risk of contaminating soil, surface water resources, and groundwater aquifers. The negative environmental impact of OMWW is attributed to poor biodegradation and toxicity of polyphenols present in OMWW. In this study, sample of OMWW were collected in October 2016 from Al-Qubayba village in the middle part of west bank (north western of Jerusalem), the level of pollution and their impact on the environment has been determined by measuring physical and chemical properties of OMWW such as: COD, pH, EC, TDS, TSS, TPs. The results revealed that the OMWW have a high risk on environment due to the high phenols concentration that exceeds the maximum allowable limits for discharge to environment or to the sanitary sewer system according to Palestinian standards. The treatment of olive mill wastewater (OMWW) by means of coagulation–flocculation coupling various inorganic materials in different dose and organic polyacrylamide (PAM) was investigated. With respect to their efficiency in terms of total phenols removal and the effect of OMWW application on soil water drop penetration time test (WDPT).
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    Geochemical Provenance of Clastic Sedimentary Rocks Case Study: Wadi Al-Ghar
    (Al-Quds University, 2020-08-23) DOHA MAHMOUD MOHAMMAD AWWAD; ضحى محمود محمد عواد
    Sedimentary rocks are considered as a historical record of the different conditions that pass through the region and its composition may be inferred from the development of origin and tectonic setting. Sedimentary rocks are influenced by many factors that create sediments such as chemical weather, climate, and transport. To understand and define the sedimentation environment and its sources, it is important to study geochemical properties. The purpose of this study is to monitor the transport of sediments from one area to another due to surface runoff operations in wadi Al-Ghar area, amount of rain that falls on the area. This study was conducted by estimating the rainfall amounts, then studying the chemical and physical properties of the moving sediments. Where wadi Al-Ghar region is exposed to deep floods from the surrounding areas, the study area was varied in elevation in the range of (400–1000) meters, the slope for the running water was 0.02. These floods affect the geological formation and the arrangement of sand dunes, which are basically sediments are moving from upstream to downstream area. For the methodology we have 48 sediment and runoff samples were collected during two years (2017-2018). The process of collecting samples was in two stages according to Palestine climate wet season (April-May) and dry season (Oct-Nov). Samples point were specified (X,Y,Z) at different altitudes in depth, as it took sediment samples along the stream of the channel more than once to compare the results with each other. The study was divided into several sections: quantities (rainfall) of precipitation, chemical and physical properties of sediments that moved, Rare earth element, isotopes (δ18O, δ13 C), organic carbon and total Nitrogen of both sediments and runoff. Results revealed that the wadi divided into five zones based on the names used in that region: Ma’aza, Am-Gresh, Arab rashayda, wadi al-masyada, Confluence of all wadie’s and Downstream. Based on the geological layers exposed in the study area and depending on the ages in which they were formed, the sedimentary rocks in the study area are similar to a part of the sedimentary rocks that formed in the late Cretaceous period, especially the Cenomanian and Toronian periods. Which covers the Hebron Mountains, and this refers to the erosion factors that were exposed to it, which led to its transmission through surface runoff and then deposition in the form of sedimentary dunes in wadi Al-Ghar. Furthermore it ; the results showed that the sediments are presently moving in the same area, and only a small part is transport to the central regions due to the surrounding influences. It is transmitted through various erosion factors such as slope, soil composition, rocks, geological shape and the difficult environmental conditions that the area is exposed to. Also, the results of the trace elements and the main elements confirm that the type of sediments present is dolomite which contains a high percentage of the following elements (Ca, Mg, K, Na), while the REE results were very few> 0.01. This was attributed to the inability to transport the elements by runoff. Surface and lack of a source for high sedimentary masses. Each of the isotopes O18 ((-2.97_ -4.17), δC13 (-6.24_ -2.97) confirmed the presence of limestone in the sediments. However, the values of TOC and TIC and TNb differ between the samples that were taken due to the different sources and their diversity. On the other hand, it was important to study weathering factors on sediments to understand their effect. It was observed that the ratio of CIW and PIW had a positive and disallowed index of Al motion, as opposed to the proportion of WIP >100 which had a negative index and allowed Al to move. Based on the results, the recommendations are summarized to install a meteorological station to monitor climate change and to take samples of surface runoff during the period of flash flood, while maintaining flow data for continuous periods to monitor erosion and sediment transport in the valley and to collect rainwater to measure rainfall quantities and analyze its chemical and physical properties. In addition to taking samples of sediments for a longer period along the valley to determine its characteristics and modes of movement.
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    The fate of Heavy Metals in Vegetables Irrigated with Raw Wastewater in Palestine: A Case Study of Al-Far’a Area
    (Al-Quds University, 2020-01-04) Mahmoud Khader Abed Driaat; محمود خضر عبد دريعات
    Wastewater, and industrial wastewater, is known to be a major source of pollution with heavy metals. The discharge of raw wastewater to the environment without any advance treatment creates the potential for heavy metals contamination to the nearby agricultural lands. Root and fruit vegetables are important kinds of vegetables in the human food diet. These kind of vegetables are rich in vitamins and nutrients. However, root and fruit vegetables should not contain heavy metals over a range of concentrations, which could pose potential health risk to the consumers. Contamination with heavy metals is considered an environmental threat, as these metals are toxic even at low concentrations. This study was conducted to determine heavy metals concentration in root and fruit vegetables in the central Jordan Valley region in Palestine, which includes Nablus east, and Al-Jiftlik village in the West Bank. Thus, vegetable samples, particularly Potato, Zucchini, Eggplants, and Onions, had been collected from different farms, and analysed for different heavy metals (Fe, Pb, Cr, Co, Cd, Mn, Ni, V, and Ba) by using ICP-MS. For some samples, the results were found to be exceeding WHO/FAO permissible limit for human consumption, while other samples were found to be within the safe allowable limit. Cr was found to be the highest in concentration while Mn, Co, Ni, Fe, and Cd were the lowest. Ba and V concentrations varied between high in some samples and low in other, then comes Pb that showed a concertation close to the safe limit of the (WHO). Soil samples in addition to water samples had been also analysed for their content of heavy metals in order to correlate the environmental factors to heavy metal contamination. However, most of concentrations were below the limit set by WHO/FAO and it was hard to build a relationship of soil/water to plant transfer of heavy metals. It was noticed that the Ni, Mn, Co, as an essential elements were found to be very low concentrations in soil, and water samples, and thus their concentration were low in most of the vegetables samples. Cd showed a very low concentration, Cd was very low and even below the detection levels in some of water/soil and vegetables samples. Pb was very low in most of the soil/water samples, while the concentration of Pb in the vegetable samples were little below the permission level, which suggest that even at a low concentration of Pb in soil/water system, the vegetables were able to accumulate Pb in their fruits. Thus it was concluded that the contamination found in the root samples and fruit samples vegetables samples was related to the contamination caused by the discharge of raw wastewater to the environment as the case of Wadi Al-Bathan in Al-Fra' catchment in the central Jordan Valley.
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    Production of Spirulina platensis using Cheap Local Resources in Palestine
    (Al-Quds University, 2022-05-07) Imad Walid Abed Alrahman Aljabali; عماد وليد عبد الرحمن الجبالي
    In this study five main experiments were used with different treatments to evaluate the possibility of the cheap aquaculture water such as Tilapia effluents to be used for Spirulinaproduction, and to test if solutions made by plant ash be used for Spirulinaproduction, also if brackish water and mining water have a good impact on Spirulina production, and to create a medium composed of cheap chemicals and fertilizers to be used for Spirulina cultivation, and to test if a mix made from local components be useful to produce Spirulina or not. All experiments were monitored through growth and dry weight measurements including chemical and physical characteristics for the samples with a comparison with Zarrouk medium as a reference used for each experiment alone while all experiments were done for a period of 21 days to find the best media type that stay longer for commercial purposes. In all experiments, pH values were between 8 and 11, and EC was between 9.8-30 mS/cm, while temperature was at 30 ᵒC and 35 ᵒC, and light was at 1500 and 5000 Lux for 16h light and 8h dark. The first experiment was done to evaluate the possibility of using wastewater from Tilapia-fish ponds in ADS to cultivate Spirulina. In this experiment, both treatments began with low concentrations, and the initial absorbance around 0.5 at 880nm. ZM tripled after 8 days while FW doubled in the same period and both treatments stayed at the same level till the end of the experiment. This experiment showed that Spirulina can grow in FW in a similar way like ZM with a price of 0.0015 ILS/L for FW compared to 8.9625 ILS/L for ZM. The second experiment was done through running treatments of fish wastewater, diluted brackish water, plant ash solution, and a mix of them. In this experiment, all treatments began with low concentrations as in experiment one with absorbance around 0.6 at 880nm and most of it tripled after 14 days, and ZM was the lowest one among all; so, from this experiment FW, diluted BW, PAS 3% or a mix of it could be used to cultivate Spirulina with a very cheap price compared to ZM. The third experiment was conducted to evaluate the same components as in experiment two with some modification and addition of new treatments such as mining water and creating new chemical mediums as IMJ and IMJ-1. In this experiment, all treatments began with high concentration with absorbance range between 1.6-1.9 at 880nm for all types. ZM and IMJ were the best types among all other treatments. FW stayed at the same level for the first week and began to grow with fluctuation curve till the end of the experiment. IMJ with a price of 3.66 ILS/L is lower than ZM and could be a good alternative source. The fourth experiment was run at the same time of experiment five. It was a comparison between ZM and IMJ-2. In this experiment, both treatments began with a moderate concentration with absorbance reading of 1.25 at 880nm. ZM doubled nearly after 14 days while IMJ-2 raised by 1.76 times at the same period. IMJ-2 was better than ZM till day 10 and a clear difference shown after that. IMJ-2 with a price of 1.38 ILS/L is lower than ZM and could be a very good cheap alternative source. The fifth experiment was a comparison between ZM, FW, and the following types FW:BW (9:1), FW:MW (9:1), FW:PAS-3% (9:1), FW:IMJ-1 (9:1), and a mix composed of FW:(BW+MW+PAS-3%+IMJ-1) (9:1). In this experiment, all treatments began with moderate concentrations with absorbance around 1.25 at 880nm. ZM and Mix were the best types, while ZM, Mix, and FW:IMJ-1 took a similar behavior until day 10. According to the results of the dry weight we found that it was not representative for the growth of Spirulina, and the reason is still unclear. All treatments that used in this study had lower cost than Zarrouk medium and with some optimization its’ quality could be better. The main result that was obtained from all the experiments in this study is the ability of Spirulina to grow within a wide range of chemical parameters with a cheaper price. Therefore, this study recommends the use of water from fish farming in the production of spirulina after its examination.
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    Probiotic Aquaculture Techniques for Fish Production in Jericho (Palestine)
    (Al-Quds University, 2022-05-11) Samer Munawar Mohammad Jebreen; سامر منور محمد جبرين
    خلال السنوات الأخيرة ومنذ أكثر من ستين عاما كانت هناك محاولات عديدة لتربية الأسماك في الضفة الغربية وغالبيتها لم يكتب لها النجاح بسبب تحكم الاحتلال بمصادر المياه ومصادر الأسماك بشكل عام وكان لذلك اثرا سلبيا كبيرا على الثروة المائية والحياة الزراعية وبالأخص الثروة السمكية التي تعتبر شبه معدومة في الضفة الغربية ويعود ذلك الى شح المياه، نقص الخبرة، تكاليف الاستثمار في هذا المجال والمنافسة الشرسة لمنتجات المستوطنات والاحتلال. الأسماك التي تم دراستها بتاريخ 20/3/2020 م، من الأسماك المهمة والتي تحتل المرتبة الثالثة من حيث جودتها، تربيتها، تحملها للظروف البيئية واحتوائها على مصدر جيد من البروتين والعناصر الغذائية. من الضروري ان يتم تنشيط القطاع السمكي في الضفة الغربية لما لذلك من أهمية كبيرة على مختلف الأصعدة السياسية، الاقتصادية، الثقافية والتغذية والتي تخص كل مزارع ومواطن. أجريت هذه الدراسة لإيجاد تقنيات جديدة وغير مكلفة تستخدم في تربية الأسماك بحيث تصل نسبة التغيير اليومي للمياه للصفر، تقلل استهلاك العلف، حيث تم استهلاك 211 كغم من العلف الطافي (بروتين 35%) خلال فترة التجربة (125) يوما وتزيد الكثافة السمكية ضمن المتر المكعب الواحد حيث تم وضع 200 سمكة في 5 متر مكعب من المياه في حوض الخمائر مقارنة بالأحواض الأخرى (150) سمكة فقط وتم تغذية الاحواض الثلاثة باستخدام نفس كمية العلف والذي نتج عنه استهلاك كمية علف اقل في حوض الخمائر. تم تجهيز ثلاثة احواض اسمنتية بسعة ستة متر مكعب لكل حوض لأجراء هذه التجربة في منطقة اريحا حيث تم استخدام الخمائر لتغذية البكتيريا التي تساهم في التخلص من المركبات النيتروجينية السامة وتوفير بيئة ملائمة. تم استخدام سمك البلطي (المشط) في التجربة لتوفره وملائمته للظروف المتوفرة في المنطقة دون الاخذ بعين الاعتبار الجنس. من خلال مراقبة الأسماك والبيئة المائية أظهرت التجربة نتائج إيجابية وفعالية جيدة لهذه الخمائر وكانت تراكيز الامونيوم والنترات في حوض الخمائر اقل من الحدود المسموح بها وكذلك باقي الاحواض. تقنية الخمائر توفر بيئة ملائمة لتربية الأسماك وكان اقبال السمك على العلف مناسبا حيث، تمكنت الأسماك من التعايش وحققت نموا جيدا ولم تحدث أي علامات على الاجهاد. استخدام هذه التقنية في منطقة الضفة الغربية كفيل بان يساعد على الاستثمار في مجال الثروة السمكية الذي بدوره يساعد في توفير اسماك محلية للمستهلك الفلسطيني وبالتالي تطوير ثقافة التغذية ليرفع بذلك كمية استهلاك الفرد الفلسطيني من الأسماك. ومن خلال هذه الدراسة، نستنتج أن هناك تقنيات عديدة لتربية الأسماك دون استنزاف الموارد المحلية وخاصة تقنية الخمائر التي تقلص استهلاك المياه الى حدود قصوى، تقلل استهلاك العلف وتزيد الكثافة السمكية ضمن الحوض الواحد مما اضاف قيمة اقتصادية جيدة قد تساعد في تطوير الاستزراع السمكي في الضفة الغربية. توضح هذه الورقة المعرفة الحالية باستخدام الخمائر في تربية الأحياء المائية، وسوابقها، وإجراءات السلامة التي يجب تنفيذها، وتناقش آفاق الدراسة في هذا المجال.