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Title: Mercury fluxes between an impacted coastal lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean
Author: Pato, P.
Lopes, C. B.
Valega, M.
Lillebo, A. I.
Dias, J. M.
Pereira, E.
Duarte, A. C.
Keywords: Contaminant transpor
Tidal cycle
Suspended particulate matter
Ria de Aveiro
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The objective was to estimate the seasonal and inter-tidal variability of dissolved and particulate mercury fluxes between the Ria de Aveiro (Portugal) and the Atlantic Ocean. The mercury fluxes were estimated by means of a two-dimensional vertically integrated hydrodynamic model. Results showed that the particulate fraction plays an important role in the transport of mercury while the contribution of the seston fraction to the transport of mercury was always <0.5%. During spring tides, in summer, about 2% of mercury transported in seston was present in an organic form. The mass balance for the mercury fractions revealed that the mercury export to the Atlantic Ocean varied with season and tidal regime, mainly in terms of the relative importance of the dissolved and particulate fractions. An approximate range of values for the annual mass balance between 42 and 77 kg shows that the export of dissolved and particulate mercury makes little impact on the near shore region of the Atlantic Ocean and that the recovery of the lagoon from mercury contamination is likely to remain a long-term issue.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2007.08.010
ISSN: 0272-7714
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