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Title: Distribution of trace metals in surface water and streambed sediments in the vicinity of an abandoned gold mine from Hunedoara County, Romania
Authors: Kim, Lidia 
Vasile, Gabriela 
Stanescu, Bogdan 
Dinu, Cristina 
Ene, Corina 
Keywords: Sediments;Bioavailability index;Mining site;Metals distribution;Surface water
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SYSCOM 18 SRL
The present study investigates the distribution of some toxic metals such as As, Cd, Cu, Cr, Co, Hg, Ni, Pb, Ti within sediments and surface water from Baiaga stream, situated near an abandoned mining site from
Certeju de Jos, Hunedoara County, in the vicinity of two mining sterile dumps and Coranda Pit. The entire
studied area indicates an acid pH, both in surface water and sediments. Mobile metallic concentrations
were evaluated using first step of BCR 701 sequential extraction modified scheme. The total and mobile
content of metals from sediments were determinate using inductively coupled plasma optical emission
spectrometry. Calculated bioavailability index (Ibio) was used in order to correlate the presence of toxic
metal in surface water. The experimental data shows important concentrations of metals (Cd, Co, Cu, Ni,
Pb) in surface water correlated with relatively high bioavailability index, that include the surface water in
fifth quality class (the worst) according to Romanian Order 161/2006. Low content of metals (As, Hg, Ti) in
surface water despite the high concentrations presented in sediments represents the effect of lack of
mobility (Ibio less than 0.1%). The bioavailability index represents a useful tool for sediment control in acidic
mining sites.
Revista de Chimie (Bucuresti) Volume 67 Issue 8
ISSN: 2537-5733
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