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A study of metal and metalloid contaminant availability in Antarctic marine sediments


Larner, BL and Seen, AJ and Palmer, AS and Snape, I, A study of metal and metalloid contaminant availability in Antarctic marine sediments, Chemosphere, 67, (10) pp. 1967-1974. ISSN 0045-6535 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2006.11.059


Previous studies of impacted sites near Casey Station, Antarctica, have revealed elevated concentrations of metals and metalloids, particularly Cd, Cu, Fe, Pb, Sn and Zn in marine sediments. However, attempts to understand the availability and mobility of contaminant elements have not provided a true understanding of speciation. The current work shows, for the first time, that sediments in Brown Bay, an embayment adjacent to the Thala Valley waste disposal site, have elevated concentrations of sulfide, well in excess of that required to bind contaminant metals such as Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn. Furthermore, sediment characterisation using the BCR sequential extraction scheme has shown metal partitioning consistent with sulfides being the controlling factor in metal availability, thus explaining the low porewater concentrations of these metals. The speciation of Sn in Brown Bay, however, is still unclear with the BCR sequential extraction scheme partitioning Sn predominantly into the residual fraction despite Sn being readily extracted by dilute HCl. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Atmospheric sciences
Research Field:Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Larner, BL (Miss Bronwyn Larner)
UTAS Author:Seen, AJ (Associate Professor Andrew Seen)
UTAS Author:Palmer, AS (Dr Anne Palmer)
ID Code:50973
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-09-21

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