Trace metals in sediments at the lower reaches of Mediterranean coastal rivers, Israel

B. Herut, H. Hornung, N. Kress, M. D. Krom, M. Shirav

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Concentrations of mercury, lead, copper, zinc, cadmium, iron and partially chromium, manganese, nickel and aluminium, were recorded in surface sediments at the lower reaches of 11 rivers from the Mediterranean coastal zone of Israel, during 1988-1993. Excluding the lower Kishon river, no major contamination was found at most of the stations when trace metal concentrations were normalized against iron concentrations (trace metal/ iron ratios) and compared to levels recorded in stream sediments from the southern drainage basin of the Kishon river. Minor enrichments found in part of the rivers are attributed to land-based point sources of pollution. Variations in trace metal concentrations at the estuaries are related to high influx of fine-grained sediments transported by heavy floods during rainy winters, which later are resuspended and transported seaward by bottom currents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-246
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1994 International Symposium on Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea - Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 2 Nov 19944 Nov 1994

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Funding Information:
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  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Rivers
  • Sediment contamination
  • Sediments
  • Stream sediments
  • Trace metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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