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The distribution of heavy metals in sediments of Sörfjord, West Norway

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Abstract

The bottom sediments of Sörfjord, West Norway, contain unusually high concentrations of Ag, Ba, Bi, Cd, Cu, In, Pb, Sb, Sn, and Zn. The concentrations of Zn and Pb reach ∼ 10% by weight in some sediments. The concentrations of most of the elements are positively correlated, those of Pb, Cd, and Cu with Zn being particularly well developed; correlations also exist between Sb and Zn, and Ag and Cu. The concentrations of the metals in the bottom sediments decrease southwards and northwards from a locality close to a source of industrial waste.

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Skei, J.M., Price, N.B., Calvert, S.E. et al. The distribution of heavy metals in sediments of Sörfjord, West Norway. Water Air Soil Pollut 1, 452–461 (1972). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00250664

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Keywords

  • Heavy Metal
  • Bottom Sediment
  • Industrial Waste