Study of heavy metal pollution in seawater of Kepez harbor of Canakkale (Turkey)

Yilmaz S., Sadikoglu M.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.173, pp.899-904, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


In this work, the heavy metals cadmium and lead in Kepez harbor were studied with regard to the determination of the environmental pollution levels. Seawater samples of the Dardanelles (Canakkale Strait) were collected from the nearest station to Kepez harbor in July 2007. Then, the concentrations of these metals were determined after simple pretreatment of samples by the proposed inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) method. The analysis of a given sample is completed in about 15 min by the ICP-AES method, and the concentrations of Cd and Pb were found to be 73.80 mg L-1 (relative standard deviation [RSD], 1.07%) arid 9.39 mg L-1 (RSD, 0.70%), respectively. The accuracy of the applied ICP technique was checked by recovery studies, and good recoveries were obtained. The pollution levels of Cd and Pb recorded in this study were compared with those in other studies to analyze the water sample in Kepez harbor.