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Metallic and organic contaminants in sediments of Sydney Harbour, Australia and vicinity-- a chemical dataset for evaluating sediment quality guidelines.
The wide range of chemicals and concentrations, associated with low, medium and high probabilities of toxicity, indicated that the dataset was suitable for future use in evaluating predictive abilities of SQGs.
Pollution and health risk of potentially toxic metals in urban road dust in Nanjing, a mega-city of China.
The non-carcinogenic health risk resulting from exposure to the potentially toxic metals in TR dusts was within the safe level based on the Hazard Index, except in pollution hotspots where exposure to Pb, Cr, and Cu may be hazardous to children.
Sediment-bound heavy metals as indicators of human influence and biological risk in coastal water bodies
Birch, G. F., and Olmos, M. A. 2008. Sediment-bound heavy metals as indicators of human influence and biological risk in coastal water bodies. - ICES Journal of Marine Science, 65:
Dissolved trace metal distributions in Port Jackson estuary (Sydney Harbour), Australia.
Concentrations of dissolved metals were determined for summer and winter, under low-flow conditions in Port Jackson, a microtidal, well-mixed estuary in south-east Australia, and provide a data set against which the long-term contamination may be assessed.
Determination of sediment metal background concentrations and enrichment in marine environments - A critical review.
  • G. Birch
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
    The Science of the total environment
  • 15 February 2017
'Background' is the concentration of metals in pristine sediment, unaltered by human activity and 'enrichment' is the extent present-day sediment metal concentrations exceed pre-anthropogenic levels
Source of heavy metals in sediments of the Port Jackson estuary, Australia
The Port Jackson estuary has a highly urbanised and industrialised catchment and is central to Sydney, which with a population of approximately 4 million, comprises almost a quarter of Australia's
The source and distribution of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin and polychlorinated dibenzofurans in sediments of Port Jackson, Australia.
Sediments from Port Jackson recorded a distinct congener profile corresponded to chemicals known to have been produced by industry on the shores of Homebush Bay in the upper estuary, which is being dispersed extensively and exceed pre-anthropogenic concentrations in even distant, less developed parts of the harbour.
Kinetics of trace element uptake and release by particles in estuarine waters: effects of pH, salinity, and particle loading.
The kinetics of adsorption and desorption were studied as a function of suspended particulate matter loading and salinity and showed that the position and slope of the pH edges are dependent on the metal and on the salinity of the water (except for Mn).
Efficiency of a constructed wetland in removing contaminants from stormwater
As in most large capital cities, urban stormwater discharging into Port Jackson (Sydney) is highly enriched in a wide range of contaminants, which has resulted in degradation of the receiving basin
Proteomic discovery of biomarkers of metal contamination in Sydney Rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata).
The most common biological functions of proteins were associated with stress response, cytoskeletal activity and protein synthesis, and some that are commonly associated with environmental monitoring, such as HSP 70, and other novel proteins not previously considered as candidates for molecular biomonitoring.