Concentrations of rare earth elements (REE), Y, Th and Sc were recently determined in marine sediments collected using a box corer along two onshore–offshore transects located in the Strait of Sicily (Mediterranean Sea). The REE + Y were enriched in offshore fine-grained sediments where clay minerals are abundant, whereas the REE + Y contents were lower in onshore coarse-grained sediments with high carbonate fractions. Considering this distribution trend, the onshore sediments in front of the southwestern Sicilian coast represent an anomaly with high REE + Y concentrations (mean value 163.4 lg g 1) associated to high Th concentrations (mean value 7.9 lg g 1). Plot of shale-normalized REE + Y data of these coastal sediments showed Middle REE enrichments relative to Light REE and Heavy REE, manifested by a convexity around Sm–Gd–Eu elements. These anomalies in the fractionation patterns of the coastal sediments were attributed to phosphogypsum-contaminated effluents from an industrial plant, located in the southern Sicilian coast.
|Numero di pagine||10|
|Rivista||Marine Pollution Bulletin|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aquatic Science
Bellanca, A., Neri, R., Censi, P., Sprovieri, M., Mazzola, S., Censi, P., Angelone, Placenti, F., Tranchida, Oliveri, & D'Elia (2011). Distribution of rare earth elements in marine sediments from the Strait of Sicily (western Mediterranean Sea): Evidence of phosphogypsum waste contamination. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62, 182-191.