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A freeze-coring technique applied to pollution by fine sediments in gravel-bed rivers

Petts, Geoffrey E. and Thoms, Martin C. and Brittan, K. and Atkin, B. (1989) A freeze-coring technique applied to pollution by fine sediments in gravel-bed rivers. Science of the Total Environment, 84 . pp. 259-272. ISSN 0048-9697

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0048-9697(89)90388-4


The substrate of gravel-bed rivers provides a potential sink for fine sediments which may be associated with potentially toxic metals. However, problems of sampling submerged substrates has constrained investigations of channel substrate pollution. This paper illustrates the utility of a freeze-sampling technique for gravel-bed rivers that may be used to obtain quantitative determinations of fine sediments. Potential applications are illustrated by two case studies. The first shows that flood control can lead to the sedimentation and compaction of gravel substrates. The second shows that high metal concentrations can exist within gravel substrates of urban rivers. Both studies demonstrate that the method can be used to establish fine sediment and contaminant profiles for the upper 30 cm of gravel substrates — the critical zone for biota.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:9138
Deposited On:17 Feb 2011 11:22
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