Geochemical composition of sediments in the Scheldt estuary with emphasis on trace metals

  title={Geochemical composition of sediments in the Scheldt estuary with emphasis on trace metals},
  author={Mohamed Bouezmarni and Roland Wollast},
Superficial sediments of the Scheldt estuary were collected with a Van Veen grab at 57 stations between Temse and Vlissingen. They were analysed for major elements (Si, Al, Fe, Ca, Mg, Na, K, Cinorg and Corg) and trace metals (Cd, Pb, Cu, Zn, Cr, Ni, Co, Mn and Li). Factor analysis indicates that 44% of the variance can be explained by one factor which exhibits a high saturation for trace metals, organic matter, Al and Fe, all variables typical of fine mud. The high scores of this first factor… CONTINUE READING


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