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Short-term (24 h) effects of mild and severe hypoxia (20% and 5% dissolved oxygen) on metal partitioning in highly contaminated estuarine sediments

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Banks, J and Ross, DJ and Keough, MJ, Short-term (24 h) effects of mild and severe hypoxia (20% and 5% dissolved oxygen) on metal partitioning in highly contaminated estuarine sediments, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 99 pp. 121-131. ISSN 0272-7714 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2011.12.025

Abstract

metal (Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Pb and Zn) partitioning within metal-contaminated sediments in replicated, undisturbed sediment/water chambers show that even very brief periods of hypoxia may significantly increase the dissolved fraction of these heavy metals within contaminated sediments, increasing their potential for ecological harm. This study used treatments consisting of three DO levels (75%, 20% and 5% saturation) representing ambient conditions, mild hypoxia and severe hypoxia. Although contaminant loads were very high in these sediments, pore-water concentrations were relatively low. Total sediment and dilute acid (1 M HCl) extracted metals were unaffected by low DO treatments but a diffusive gradient in thin-films samplers (DGTs), detected a two-fold increase in pore-water Cd and a five-fold increase in pore-water Cu in surface sediments (0e3 cm depth) under low oxygen conditions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:metal pollution, hypoxia, DGT, estuarine sediment
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Author:Ross, DJ (Dr Jeff Ross)
ID Code:77735
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2012-05-22
Last Modified:2014-11-06
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