Accumulation of heavy metals in the sediments of Shenzhen Bay, south China

Xiaoping Huang, Xiangdong Li, Weizhong Yue, Liangmin Huang, Yok Sheung Li

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Heavy metals concentrations in marine sediment cores of Shenzhen Bay were measured, and the profile distribution characteristic of heavy metals was discussed. Combined with the 210 Pb dating results, the contamination history of heavy metals was studied in high resolution records, and the metal accumulation processes were also analyzed. The results indicated that the concentrations of heavy metals was relatively low compared with other area in the world, but the elements of Pb, Cu and Zn were obviously contaminated by anthropogenic impact. The rapid economical development of Shenzhen in the last 20 years and Hong Kong in 1960-1970s contributed much on accumulation of heavy metals in the sediments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-149
Number of pages6
JournalHuan jing ke xue= Huanjing kexue / [bian ji, Zhongguo ke xue yuan huan jing ke xue wei yuan hui 'Huan jing ke xue' bian ji wei yuan hui.]
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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