Atomic Absorption Spectrometric Determination of Chromium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, and Zinc in Sediments Collected in Bayou d'Inde, Southwestern Louisiana
Abstract:The concentrations of the metals chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), and zinc (Zn) were determined in sediment cores taken from Bayou d'Inde in southwestern Louisiana. Previous studies had reported elevated concentrations of these trace metals in sediments along this waterway. The current study, conducted more than a decade later, was designed to determine if these metals had migrated from the areas of highest concentrations. Concentrations as high as 400 mg/kg for Cr, 1100 mg/kg for Cu, 10 mg/kg for Hg, and 600 mg/kg for Pb and Zn were found. Areas of high concentrations of metals were isolated within a distance of about 1 km from the most highly contaminated areas in the bayou. Low concentrations of metals were found at the mouth of the bayou. Estimated sedimentation rates of 0.67–1.2 cm/yr were based on the burial of the sediments originally studied. The concentrations of the metals studied remained high and were also highly localized, both spatially and temporally.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Sulphur High School, Sulphur, LA 70669. 2: St. James High School, St. James, LA 70086. 3: McNeese State University, Department of Chemistry, Lake Charles, LA 70609. 4: Nicholls State University, Department of Physical Sciences, Thibodaux, LA 70310.
Publication date: January 1, 2002
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