The use of biological indicators of heavy metal contamination in estuaries. Occasional Publication of the Marine Biological Association 1

Bryan, GW; Langston, WJ; Hummerstone, LG. 1980 The use of biological indicators of heavy metal contamination in estuaries. Occasional Publication of the Marine Biological Association 1. Plymouth (UK), Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. (UNSPECIFIED)

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Abstract/Summary

The use of the deposit-feeding molluscs Scrobicularia plana and Macoma balthica and the burrowing polychaete Nereis diversicolor as indicators of the biological availability of heavy metals in sediments has been evaluated. Concentrations of Ag, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sn and Zn have been measured in organisms and sediments from more than 30 estuaries in south west England and South Wales and indicate that the biological availability of most metals varies by order of magnitude between uncontaminated and contaminated sites. The results have been compared with those obtained with the use of other species of indicator organisms in estuaries.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Keywords: Chemical pollution Metals Estuaries Wales English Channel Bristol Channel MBA Occasional Publication
Subjects: Ecology and Environment
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Other (MBA)
Depositing User: EPServices Admin
Date made live: 15 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 17:16
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/273

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