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Elemental concentrations and heavy metal pollution in sediments and suspended matter from the Belgian North Sea and the Scheldt estuary
Van Alsenoy, V.; Bernard, P.; Van Grieken, R. (1993). Elemental concentrations and heavy metal pollution in sediments and suspended matter from the Belgian North Sea and the Scheldt estuary. Sci. Total Environ. 133(1-2): 153-181. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0048-9697(93)90119-Q
In: Science of the Total Environment. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0048-9697; e-ISSN 1879-1026, more
Peer reviewed article  

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 2789 [ OMA ]

Keywords
    Chemical elements > Metals > Heavy metals
    Particulates > Suspended particulate matter
    Pollution
    Sediments
    Marine/Coastal; Brackish water
Author keywords
    HEAVY METALS; SEDIMENTS; SUSPENDED MATTER; NORTH SEA; SCHELDT ESTUARY

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  • Van Alsenoy, V., more
  • Bernard, P.
  • Van Grieken, R., more

Abstract
    The elemental composition of sediment and suspended matter samples from the Belgian coastal and offshore regions of the Southern Bight of the North Sea and from the Scheldt estuary has been determined using X-ray fluorescence and atomic absorption spectrometry.Special attention was given to the heavy metals of the black and grey lists. The bulk sediment and the clay/silt fraction were analyzed. The average heavy metal contents in the fraction <63 µm were comparable to the levels in the suspended matter. Different normalization techniques led to the identification of two different populations of sediments. Most of the sediments were enriched in Cd, Cr, Hg, Pb and Zn but no enrichment was found for Cu and Ni. Comparing these data with older data indicates that little changes in the metal contamination of the sediments in the area investigated has occurred over the last 15 years.

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