Netherland Journal of Aquatic Ecology

, Volume 27, Issue 2–4, pp 279–286 | Cite as

The behaviour of copper and zinc in the Scheldt estuary

  • F. Monteny
  • M. Elskens
  • W. Baeyens


The behaviour of copper and zinc in the Scheldt estuary, both in the particulate and the dissolved phase, is discussed for the period 1982–1983. The longitudinal particulate copper and zinc profiles fall below the dilution line, which is attributed to mixing and mobilization processes. In the dissolved phase both metals show a production region in the end member of the estuary, for copper a pronounced mid estuarine maximum is observed. Study of the metal speciation suggested that organic ligands might keep heavy metals in solution, especially in area of intensive production, and promote the subsequent export of these metals downstream the estuary.


particulate and dissolved Cu and Zn Scheldt estuary 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Monteny
    • 1
  • M. Elskens
    • 1
  • W. Baeyens
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorium voor Analytische ScheikundeVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselBelgium

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