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Environ Monit Assess. 2009 Jun;153(1-4):273-9. doi: 10.1007/s10661-008-0354-y. Epub 2008 Jun 14.

Seasonal variation in trace metals concentrations in the Ialomita River, Romania.

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Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania.


Sampling streams for metals is an important aspect of water-quality monitoring. Using ICP-AES the concentration of some microelements in the IalomiĊ£a River (Romania) were determined. In order to grasp the different phases of the river regime, samples were collected from its water-sediment interface at seven locations along the river, during three campaigns: during snow melting periods in the mountain zones (April), the period of reduced flow and high water temperature (August) and the period of high precipitations (November). HNO3 was added to the samples for fixation. Cadmium and copper appear accidentally; lead was detected only in samples collected in the vicinity of roads; the MAC (maximum admitted concentration) for surface waters is exceeded for nickel and chromium in samples collected in April and respectively in April and November; zinc concentrations were usually above the MAC; molybdenum concentration was above the set reference value, especially for samples collected in April and November. Possible explanations are given for the presence of the investigated microelements along the river.

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