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Mar Pollut Bull. 2003 May;46(5):619-25.

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the sediments of the Yalujiang Estuary, North China.

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State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai 200062, China.


Selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in surface sediments of the Yalujiang Estuary, North China, have been investigated by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) for flood season (August, 1994) and dry season (May, 1996), respectively. PAHs concentrations from sediments range from 68 to 1500 ngg(-1) depending upon the sample locations. The most contaminated sediment samples are found in the turbidity maximum area for both dry and flood seasons. The source of PAHs is most likely pyrolytic, with minor contributions from petrogenic and diagenetic PAHs for some samples. Perylene is mainly derived from biogenic inputs, and occurs at almost stations. In the Yalujiang Estuary, both biogenic and anthropogenic hydrocarbons are primarily derived form riverine discharges and are accumulated in the mixing zone. The overall levels of PAHs in this study are low compared to other regions and reveal moderate PAHs pollution in the Yalujiang Estuary.

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