Heavy Metals in Surface Sediments from Mangrove Zone in Zhangjiang River Estuary, South China

Abstract

Concentrations of selected heavy metals (Cr, Cu, Zn, As, Cd, Hg and Pb) in surface sediments from 18 sites were examined in Zhangjiang Estuary Mangrove National Natural Reserve (ZEMNNR), which is the largest natural mangrove forest at the north of tropic of Cancer in China. The ranges of heavy metals expressed in μg/g sediment dry weight were as following: Cr (48.14 to 110.01), Cu (18.15 to 43.18), Zn (119.53 to 136.13), As (12.05 to 16.16), Cd (0.25 to 0.58), Hg (ND to 0.10) and Pb (55.61 to 67.71). Slight distribution changes implicate inflow from Zhangjiang River offered most Zn, As, Cd, Hg and Pb; While for Cr and Cu, anthropogenic activities might be another important source. The levels of Pb exceed sediment quality criteria (I Class) and may show a potential risk to ecosystems. The values of Igeo indicate that Zhangjiang estuary mangrove zone is moderately polluted by Pb and slightly polluted by Cd, As and Cr.

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@article{Cai2009HeavyMI, title={Heavy Metals in Surface Sediments from Mangrove Zone in Zhangjiang River Estuary, South China}, author={Minggang Cai and Yun Wanga and Canrong Qiu and Jing Lin and Bihua Qian and Shuiying Huang and Jionghui Sun and Xiaoyan Liu and Xiaomeng Li and Shaozhou Xie and Bozhou Fang}, journal={2009 International Conference on Environmental Science and Information Application Technology}, year={2009}, volume={3}, pages={34-38} }