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Temporal and Spatial Variations of Copper, Cadmium, Lead, and Zinc in Ten Mile Creek in South Florida, USA

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Lead (Pb), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), and cadmium (Cd) often seriously deteriorate water quality. Spatial and temporal fluctuations of the metal concentrations in the Ten Mile Creek (Florida) (TMC) were monitored on a weekly basis at 7 sampling sites, from June 2005 to September 2007. River sediment samples were also collected from these sites in April, June, and October 2006 and January 2007, and analyzed for water, Mehlich 1 (M1), and Mehlich 3 (M3)-extractable metals ( Mehlich, 1953, 1984), to examine the role of sediments as sources or sinks of the metals. The concentrations of lead, zinc, copper, and cadmium in the water samples were

Keywords: agricultural runoff; heavy metals; river sediment; water quality

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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