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Concentrations and transport of trace metals in the St. Lawrence River

Quémerais, B. et Lum, K.R. et Lemieux, C. (1996). Concentrations and transport of trace metals in the St. Lawrence River. Aquatic Sciences , 58 (1). p. 52-68. DOI: 10.1007/BF00877640.

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Résumé

Samples of raw water were collected in the St. Lawrence River during six sampling trips from August 1990 to April 1992. Water samples were analyzed for both dissolved and particulate phases for five trace metals. Partition coefficients (Kd) and metal fluxes were calculated in order to determine metal transport. A mass balance equation was used for the determination of the major metal sources to the St. Lawrence River and an estimation of metal loadings to the estuary was made. Average dissolved metal concentrations were found to be Cd 10 ng/L, Co 74 ng/L, Cu 64 ng/L, Fe 69 µg/L and Mn 700 ng/L. Particulate concentrations were (in µg/g) 1.68 for Cd, 31 for Co, 73 for Cu, 25 mg/g for Fe and 1.69 mg/g for Mn. Co, Fe and Mn were transported essentially in the particulate phase while Cd and Cu were predominantly found in the dissolved phase at 56 % and 48 % of the total metal concentration respectively. Log Kd values varied from 5.1 (for Cu) to 6.8 (for Mn). In the dissolved phase the major sources were found to be the Great Lakes and the Ottawa River whereas in the particulate phase Quebec tributaries appear to be the most important. Industrial inputs are quite important in both the dissolved and the particulate phases for Cd, whereas other sources are very variable, especially for the dissolved phase.

Type de document: Article scientifique
Statut du texte intégral: Autre
Mots-clés libres: Trace metals, St. Lawrence River, Freshwater, Metal partitioning, Dissolved metals
Sujets: 1. Laboratoire de développement durable > 1.7. Environnement, écologie, écosystème
2. Milieu physique > 2.4. Hydrologie
6. Milieu humain > 6.4. Industrialisation
8. Impacts et monitoring > 8.1. Qualité de l’eau
Date de dépôt: 08 avr. 2017 17:50
Dernière modification: 05 nov. 2017 20:47
URI: http://belsp.uqtr.ca/id/eprint/1140

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