Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 61, Issue 5, pp 947–961 | Cite as

Geochemistry of core sediments from Mullipallam creek, South East coast of India

  • M. SundararajanEmail author
  • Usha Natesan
Original Article


The Mullipallam creek in Muthupet mangroves region is the only E-W trending coastal strip in the SE coast of India and is very important, as the mangrove acts as a barrier to natural diasters. Natural, anthropogenic signals and accumulation of elements were made by collecting sediment samples at various depths in a core. All sediments were analyzed for carbonates (CaCO3), organic carbon (OC), major (Si, Al, Fe, Na, K, Ca, Mg, P), and trace (Mn, Cr, Cu, Ni, Co, Pb, Zn). Normalization with Al values has been done for all the major and trace elements and enrichment factors have been calculated. The calculated enrichment factors and comparison indicate that the trace metals (especially Pb) are enriched mainly due to the external (anthropogenic) activities in the land as well as in the coastal zone (Palk Strait).


Core sediments Geochemistry Major and trace elements Mullipallam creek India 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial ResearchTrivandrumIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Environmental StudiesAnna UniversityChennaiIndia

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