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Preliminary Assessment And Biological Impact Of Trace Metal Pollution In Piles River (Spain)

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/WP950471

Volume

13

Pages

8

Published

1995

Size

680 kb

Author(s)

A.R. Linde, P. Arribas, S. Sanchez-Galan, E. Maranoif, J.I. Izquierdo & E. Garcia-Vazquez

Abstract

Preliminary assessment and biological impact of trace metal pollution in Piles River (Spain) A.R. Linde% P. Arribas\ S. Sanchez-Galan*, E. Maranoif, J.I. Izquierdo*, E. Garcia-Vazquez* "Departamento de Biologia Funcional (Area Genetica), Universidad de Oviedo, 33071, Oviedo, Spain ^Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica (Area de Tecnologia del Medio Ambiente), Universidad de Oviedo, 33204, Gijon, Spain ABSTRACT We have analyzed the contents of copper, lead and cadmium in water, sediments and eel populations of Piles river in an upstream rural area and a downstream urban area. All heavy metals were determined by an electrochemical method (PSA). Sediment analyses showed that concentrations of these heavy metals in the samples from rural upstream were higher than those from urban downstream, suggesting that the main source of metal pollution in Piles river was originated by agricultural activities. There were significant correlations between copper, lead and cadmium concentrations in e

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