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Seasonal Distribution of Heavy Metals in the Coastal Waters and Sediments along the Major Zones of South East Coast of India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of chemistry, St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 4, Issue (2), Pages 22-31, February,22 (2015)

Abstract

The study of heavy-metal distribution in shore sea water and surface sediments is significant and understanding the distribution levels and also finding the cause of anthropogenic impacts along the marine ecosystem. During the last Twenty-Five years, the coastal environment of southeast India has enormous and rapid developments in urbanization, industry and aquaculture. Numerous heavy metals are to be discharged often through industrial and domestic effluents along the coastal area of southeast coast of India. The present study was carried out to determine the Heavy Metal Distribution in the coastal Waters and sediments of Mandapam, Thoothukudi, Arumuganeri and Kanyakumari Coasts. The sampling of coastal water and sediments was carried out from October 2013 to September 2014.The enrichment in the concentration of heavy metals in the samples along the coastal areas indicated that higher concentration due to the anthropogenic activities. Hence, this present study used to explore the Heavy metal contamination level in this area, and also useful for further impact evaluation.

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