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Sediment Quality and Seasonal Variation of Trace Metal in Tamirabarani Estuary, East Coast of Tamilnadu, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Earth Sciences, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar Tamilnadu, INDIA
  • 3Department of Geology, Government College, Kariavattam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (8), Pages 17-23, August,22 (2013)

Abstract

The physical parameters and heavy metals along the tributaries of Tamirabarani River are studied. Nearly sixteen water and sediment samples are collected along the tributaries in and around Mukkani and river mouth. Physical parameters like pH (7.8-9.5), Ec, (468-27950), TH (40-5920), TDS (303-33050) and trace metals in sediment samples like Cu(2.2-59.89 g g-1), Ni (1.88-70.59 g g-1),Cr (6.67-145.5 g g-1), Cd (1.41-19.26 g g-1), Pb,(3.48-46.05 g g-1) and zinc (9.3-81.12 g -1). The constant variation of metals in sediment and water samples is due to the linking of industrial and un-classified anthropogenic influences. The combined and collective consequences go in front to a serious risk to the entire estuarine environment.

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