Trace Metal Concentration in Fossil and Recent Shells of the Arctic Infaunal Bivalve, Mya truncata L.

  • Bernard Patrick Bourgoin


In a pilot study designed to demonstrate the advantages of analyzing bivalves shells (as opposed to tissues) for trace metal monitoring studies, fossil and modern shell samples were collected from three sites in Pangnirtung Fiord, Baffin Island, Canada. Copper and zinc levels in fossil shells were respectively higher and lower compared with modern shells. There were no significant differences in the copper and zinc levels between bivalve shells collected near a municipal dump site and those from an unperturbed area.


Trace Metal Zinc Level Trace Metal Concentration Bivalve Shell Dump Site 
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  • Bernard Patrick Bourgoin
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  1. 1.Geology DepartmentMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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