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Title: Trace metals in water and sediments of the Prut River, Romania
Authors: Matache, Marius Lucian
David, Iulia Gabriela
Dinu, Cristina
Radu, Gabriel Lucian
Keywords: Trace metals
Prut River
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania
Abstract: A 120 kilometers reach of the Prut River, Romania was surveyed and the concentrations of four trace metals (copper, cadmium, lead and zinc) were determined in water and sediments. These elements are the main pollutants expected in the region, as a steel producing factory in Romania is located in the close neighborhood of an area under protection, the Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park. Samples were collected in 2010 and 2011 from the water-sediment interface at six locations along the lower sector of the Prut River. Sediments were sampled only once whereas water samples were collected during four campaigns organized at the end of the summer and beginning of the autumn in order to include both high and low flow regimes of the river. Toxic metals (Pb and Cd) were not found to reach notable levels. The resulted concentrations for all trace metals were lower than the values determined in other Romanian rivers (e.g. Danube) and within the values range imposed by the Romanian regulations for water and sediments quality.
Description: Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 1363-1371
ISSN: 1582-9596
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