Adsorption and Release Processes in Estuaries

  • W. Salomons
  • J. Bril
Conference paper
Part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 36)


Experimental laboratory studies simulating changing estuarine conditions show that copper contaminated sediments from the Fly river are able to release copper. A comparison between calculated and experimental release curves shows that kinetics play an important role.

An estuarine chemical model, which includes settling of particles, salt wedge and increase in surface sites, showed the importance of adsorption, desorption and dilution processes for zinc, cadmium and copper; and the differences in behavior between these three elements in the estuarine environment.


Estuarine Water Estuarine Environment Turbidity Maximum Delta Front Zinc Cadmium 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Salomons
    • 1
  • J. Bril
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Soil FertilityHaren (Gn)The Netherlands

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