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Heavy metals in surface water and stream sediments in Jamaica

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The levels of heavy metals in water and stream sediments in Jamaica are presented and compared to levels in soils and environmental standards. Heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, nickel, lead and zinc) appear to be less of a problem to Jamaica's freshwater environment than might be expected given the concentrations in soils. This can be explained by taking into account the dynamics of the Jamaican water environment and the relative absence of anthropogenic sources. The dynamics of the freshwater system on the other hand, could pass any environmental threat to the coastal environment. Because the stream sediments are relatively coarse and contain little organic material the bio-availability of micropollutants such as heavy metals from the sediments can be expected to be relatively high.

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Knight, C., Kaiser, J., Lalor, G. et al. Heavy metals in surface water and stream sediments in Jamaica. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 19, 63–66 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1018442219943

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  • Water
  • stream sediments
  • heavy metals
  • cadmium
  • chromium
  • copper
  • mercury
  • nickel
  • lead
  • zinc