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Trace metals conservation in Morinje Bay sediment: Historical record of anthropogenic imissions into a shallow Adriatic Bay

Mihelčić, Goran; Lojen, Sonja; Dolenec, Tadej; Kniewald, Goran (2006) Trace metals conservation in Morinje Bay sediment: Historical record of anthropogenic imissions into a shallow Adriatic Bay. Croatica Chemica Acta, 79 (1). pp. 161-167. ISSN 0011-1643

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Abstract

Geochemical and sedimentological characteristics, the sediment accumulation rate (by Cs-137 dating) and vertical distribution of trace metals (Pb, Cu, Zn) in sediments from Morinje Bay (Central Dalmatia-Croatia) have been studied. The sediment is fine-grained, well-sorted silt throughout the investigated section. The very high average sedimentation rate (4.5 cm in 3 years, or 1.65 g dry sediment/cm(2) per year) in Morinje Bay, compared to the nearby coastal areas of the Rogoznica lake and the Krka river estuary, may be a result of high aeolian supply of material from the agricultural field of Donje polje, and influenced by the seasonal input from the rapid streamlet Ribnik draining the surrounding area. Concentrations of most trace metals in the Morinje Bay sediments are in the range typical of unpolluted marine carbonates. However, concentrations of Pb, Cu and Zn, in recent and subrecent (down to 50 years before the present) sediments reflect anthropogenic influences. Leaded gasoline seems to be the principal anthropogenic source of Pb enrichment, while Zn and Cu may be of urban and agricultural origin.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: trace metals Pb, Cu, Zn; sediment accumulation rate; Cs-137; anthropogenic influence; Adriatic; Croatia; krka river estuary; coastal sediments; heavy-metals; croatia; lead; contamination; geochemistry; mobility; elements; copper
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry
Divisions: Division for Marine and Enviromental Research
Projects:
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Geokemija recentnih i starih sedimentacijskih sustava Jadranske platformeGoran Kniewald0098132MZOS
Depositing User: Goran Mihelčić
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 10:36
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2014 15:33
URI: http://fulir.irb.hr/id/eprint/871

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