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Assessment of heavy metals contamination in the coastal sediments of the broader area of Chios harbor (Aegean Sea)

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A. Tsoutsia, V. Kapsimalis, S. Poulos, V. Paraskevopoyloy, E. Dassenakis
A. Tsoutsia, V. Kapsimalis, S. Poulos, V. Paraskevopoyloy, E. Dassenakis

Abstract


The  present  study  evaluates  the  pollution  level  of  the  surficial  sediments  of  the coastal area around the city of Chios (east Aegean Sea), with particular emphasis on  the  Port  of  Chios,  fishing  shelters,  the  waste  water  treatment  plant  and  the electric power plant. For this reason, the metals/trace metals (Pb, Fe, Zn, Cu, Cr, Mn, Al, Ni) along with total organic carbon (TOC) and CaCO3 were analyzed in 23 sediment samples. The results showed that the highest concentrations are observed in the main Port, offshore the power plant station and in a small fishing shelter, without being considered as dangerous for the marine organisms and human health, according to metal pollution indices and Sediment Quality Guidelines.


Keywords


Trace metals; Seabed sediments pollution; Chios Island; North Aegean

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