Authors: Xigui Ding, Siyuan Ye, Edward A. Laws, Thomas J.Mozdzer, Hongming Yuan, Guangming Zhao, Shixiong Yang, Lei He, Jin Wang
Publication Type: Article
Source: MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, Volume: 149, Article Number: UNSP 110497, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110497
Abstract: Three hundred five surface sediment samples from the Bohai Bay in northeastern China were examined for grain size, organic carbon (Corg) concentration, and concentrations of heavy metals (Pb, Zn, Cu, As, Cr, Cd, and fig). Average metal concentrations were 33 mg/kg (Cu), 27 mg/kg (Pb), 95 mg/kg (Zn), 75 mg/kg (Cr), 0.3 mg/kg (Cd), 13 mg/kg (As), and 72 mu g/kg (Hg). In most cases, these concentrations were lower than the China Marine Sediment Quality criteria. Enrichment factors, however, suggested moderate to strong Cd and Hg contamination of the Bohai Bay. The fact that 68.6% of Pollution Load Index (PLI) values exceeded 2 demonstrated strong pollution of the Bohai Bay, Hg contributed the most to the PLI.