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Transport of pollutants in two estuarine systems on the coast of Georgia

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The aim of the present study was to examine the distribution of pollutants in two coastal systems in Georgia: (1) Kubitskali river which flows into the Black sea through the city of Batumi and is polluted mainly from the effluents of an oil refinery; (2) Paliastomi lake, which is a shallow water body at the south-east of the city of Poti. During 2000–2001, two samplings took place in each system, one in the low-flow period and one in the high-flow period. During these samplings, pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity were measured in situ, whereas water samples were collected for the analysis of trace metals, nutrients, and organic pollutants with standard methods. The results of the measurements indicate the significant pollution of both systems by ammonia and in the case of Kubitskali River also by oil products. The need for a sustainable management plan of the activities taking place in the river basin is urgent.

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Keywords: Black Sea; Georgia; Kubitskali River; Paliastomi Lake; Pollution

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Athens, Department of Chemistry, Section III, Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry, Panepistimiopolis, 15771, Athens, Greece 2: Environmental Protection Ministry, Department of Hydrometeorology, National Centre of Environmental Monitoring, 150 D. Agmashenebeli Av., 380012, Tbilisi, Georgia

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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