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Spatial variation of Fe, Mn and Ni concentrations in sediment and Water of Musa Estuary, Persian Gulf

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Sima Sarmadian, Alireza Safahieh, Hossein Zolgharnein, Bita Archangi, Mahmood Hashemi Tabar

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Int. J. Biosci.3( 12), 227-231, December 2013

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/3.12.227-231


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Musa estuary is located in the northwest Persian Gulf. Each one of its branches and creeks is subjected to different anthropogenic activities. The main aim of current study is to evaluate the levels of Fe, Mn and Ni in the sediment and water of the main creeks. Concentration of studied metals in both water and sediment are measured by using atomic absorption spectrometer. Regarding sediment, the result showed that the highest level of Fe, Mn and Ni were observed in Quay 18, Khor-Zangi and Dock SorSoreh respectively. The results of heavy metals level in water showed that the maximum concentration of Fe, Mn and Ni were observed in Khor-Zangi, Dock SorSoreh and Petrochemical quay respectively. Petrochemical quay receives heavy metals from petrochemical units that are established a decade ago in its bank. Dock SorSoreh is suffering from huge amounts of tankers traffic and oil transportation along its waterway.


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