Estuaries and Coasts

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Trace Metals (Cd, Cu, Hg, and Pb) Accumulation Recorded in the Intertidal Mudflat Sediments of Three Coastal Lagoons in the Gulf of California, Mexico

  • A. C. Ruiz-FernándezEmail author
  • M. Frignani
  • C. Hillaire-Marcel
  • B. Ghaleb
  • M. D. Arvizu
  • J. R. Raygoza-Viera
  • F. Páez-Osuna


210Pb geochronologies of Cd, Cu, Hg, and Pb fluxes were obtained from the intertidal mudflat sediments of the coastal lagoons Chiricahueto, Estero de Urías, and Ohuira in the Mexican Pacific. The Cu and Hg sediment concentrations at the three lagoons fell within the ranges of 6–76 μg g−1 and 0.1 to 592 ng g−1, respectively; Chiricahueto and Estero de Urías sediments had comparable Cd and Pb concentrations within the ranges of 0.2–2.1 μg g−1 and 10–67 μg g−1, respectively; whereas in Ohuira lagoon, Cd concentrations were lower (0.1–0.5 μg g−1) and Pb concentrations were higher (115–180 μg g−1) than in the other lagoons. The metal fluxes (μg cm−2 y−1) for the three lagoons fell within the ranges of 0.02–0.15 for Cd, 0.7–6.0 for Cu, 0.001–0.045 for Hg, and 0.7–20 for Pb. The Hg pollution in Estero de Urías was attributed to the exhausts of the thermoelectric plant of Mazatlan and the metal enrichment in Chiricahueto and Ohuira was related to the agrochemical wastes from the croplands surrounding these lagoons.


210Pb geochronology Coastal lagoons Metal pollution Mudflat sediments Sinaloa State (Mexico) 



This study was funded by projects DGAPA-UNAM IX242504 and IN103605, and CONACYT-SEMARNAT 2002-C01–0161; scholarships to MDA were provided by CONACyT and DGEP-UNAM; mobility grants for MF and ACRF were provided by UNAM-CIC and CONACYT-CNR bilateral program for academic exchange. Thanks are due to H. Bojórquez-Leyva, L.H. Pérez-Bernal, Ramírez-Jáuregui, G. Ramírez-Reséndiz, and V. Montes Montes for their technical assistance. R. Parra and V. Carnero helped in AAS analysis. ACRF and MDA are grateful to M. Preda, S. Corbeil, and J. Hudon for their generosity and constant support during the academic stays at UQAM. This is contribution No. 1619 from the CNR-ISMAR, Bologna, Italy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. C. Ruiz-Fernández
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Frignani
    • 2
  • C. Hillaire-Marcel
    • 3
  • B. Ghaleb
    • 3
  • M. D. Arvizu
    • 1
  • J. R. Raygoza-Viera
    • 4
  • F. Páez-Osuna
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y LimnologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMazatlánMéxico
  2. 2.Istituto di Scienze Marine, CNRBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Centre de Recherche en Géochimie et en Géodynamique (GEOTOP-UQAM-McGill)Université du Québec à MontrealMontréalCanada
  4. 4.Instituto Tecnológico de MazatlánMazatlánMéxico

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