Comparison of Geochemical Properties of Surface Sediments in Mersin and İskenderun Bay NE Mediterranean

2016-10-12
Akçay, İsmail
Tuğrul, Süleyman
Tezcan, Devrim
Ebula, Alimjan
In the present study, surface sediment samples were collected at 17 stations selected within the inner sites of Mersin and Iskenderun bays (including city harbors) to examine regional variations of heavy metals (Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn), total/organic carbon (TC/TOC) and total nitrogen (TN) concentrations and grain -size distributions in less and highly contaminated sites. Though similar grain -size properties were observed, the surface sediments from the Mersin Harbor and nearby zone fed by wastewater river discharges were highly enriched in organic carbon (8.7 -20.1%) with the mean C/N ratio of 11.1. However, Iskenderun inner bay surface sediments with 6.2 -16.2% of TOC (C/N:~10.2) were relatively enriched in Cr, Mn, Co and Ni due to inputs from metal industries established along the inner bay
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İ. Akçay, S. Tuğrul, D. Tezcan, and A. Ebula, “Comparison of Geochemical Properties of Surface Sediments in Mersin and İskenderun Bay NE Mediterranean,” Kiel, Germany, 2016, vol. 41, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: http://ciesm.org/online/archives/abstracts/pdf/41/index.php.