Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination in the Sediment of the Bizerte Lagoon in Northern Tunisia

  • Ibtihel SaidiEmail author
  • Olfa Ben Said
  • Jamel Ben Abdelmalek
  • Luis Chicharo
  • Hamouda Beyrem
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Metals concentrations, Geoaccumulation index (Igeo), Factor contamination (CF) and degree of contamination (DC) were used to assess heavy metals contamination in Bizerte lagoon sediments. The highest metal concentrations were detected in stations located close the industrial sewages discharge points 1089.96 ± 28.5 mg/kg of dry weight (mg/kg of dry wt). The DC was 15.65 reflecting a high degree of contamination for this station located close to the industrial swage.


Marine sediments Geo-accumulation index Heavy metals Sediment contamination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibtihel Saidi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Olfa Ben Said
    • 1
  • Jamel Ben Abdelmalek
    • 2
  • Luis Chicharo
    • 3
  • Hamouda Beyrem
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Environment Biomonitoring, Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte (FSB)University of CarthageZarzouna, BizerteTunisia
  2. 2.Laboratory Quality Control, Cement Bizerta Bay SabraBizerteTunisia
  3. 3.Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Marine and Environmental Research Centre (CIMA)University of AlgarveFaroPortugal

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