Heavy-metal concentrations were measured in sediments and tissues of Posidonia oceanica seagrass from south-eastern Sicily (Italy) in order to assess the degree of metal pollution in the coastal area. Seagrasses and sediments were collected at four sites along the south-eastern coast of Sicily. Flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry (FAAS) was used to measure concentrations of Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb. Standard statistical analyses were used to assess significant differences among the levels of the elements measured in different tissues and sediment and spatial distribution. The greatest values of potentially toxic metal concentrations were observed at the station near the industrial sites of Augusta and Priolo. Comparisons with the concentrations of the same metals in other sites of north and western Sicily and with data from surveys in other areas of the Mediterranean Sea are shown.
|Numero di pagine||10|
|Rivista||CHEMISTRY IN ECOLOGY|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2005|
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