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Environ Lett. 1975;10(2):129-58.

Partitioning of trace metals in selective chemical fractions of nearshore sediments.


A series of chemical extraction procedures are used to obtain data on the partitioning of trace metals among the various geochemical phases of sediments. These components include intersititial water, solubility of solid minerals, ions on exchange sites, metal carbonates, easily reducible phases, organics and sulfides, iron oxides, and lithogenous (mineral residual) fractions. In general, a mass balance of less than 10% deviation can be obtained. Experimental results show very small fractions of trace metals to be in the form of interstital water or soluble ions. Trace metals in the exchangeable phase are almost negligible, and those in the mineral residual phases range from 2.5% Cd for one sediment to 98% Cu for another. The non-residual trace metals content is found to increase with decreasing sand content.

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