Distribution of Heavy Metal Pollution in Vaipar Coastal Sediments, Southeast Coast of India

Abstract: This study is the first documented evidence on heavy metal levels in surface sediments of the Vaipar coastal environment in Gulf of Mannar, Southeast coast of India. Sediment samples were collected for 12 months period from January 2008 to December 2008. Chromium, Copper, Lead and Zinc metals concentration were estimated from the sediment samples. The concentrations of Chromium ranged between 15 - 40. µg/g; Copper 18 - 48 µg/g; Lead 15 - 36 µg/g and Zinc 180 - 410 µg/g in the surface sediment. Highest metals concentration is recorded in November 2008 followed by May 2008. The significant increase of metals in the sediment is mainly due to pollution effect, related to anthropogenic wastes discharged through river runoff.

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[Diya E. Abukashim, Mohamed A. Fadel, Omar A. Aghil and V.Pragatheeswaran, J.S.Yogesh Kumar (2014); Distribution of Heavy Metal Pollution in Vaipar Coastal Sediments, Southeast Coast of India Int. J. of Adv. Res. 2 (6). 0] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

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