Mobility of Metallic Trace Elements in Surface Waters and Sediments: Case of the Nil Wadi (Jijel, North-East Algeria)

  • Sihem Benessam
  • Taha-Hocine DebiecheEmail author
  • Souad Amiour
  • Amal Chine
  • Smaïl Khelili
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Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


The Metallic Trace Elements (MTEs) occur in the waters and sediments of wadis with low concentrations. Their mobility is controlled by several physico-chemical parameters (Eh, pH and dissolved oxygen). To determine the effect of these factors on the concentration and mobility of metallic trace elements (Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb and Zn), bimonthly monitoring of physico-chemical parameters was conducted during the period from November 2013 to January 2015. The results obtained show that the MTEs are very influenced by the variations of the pH and Eh. Under natural conditions, neutral to basic pH and oxidizing medium, only lead is present in waters with high values, indicating its solubility in water and its release of sediments. Other MTEs have high concentrations in sediments, indicating their adsorption and/or chemical precipitation trapping qualities. The spatial monitoring of these MTEs shows the effect of the confluence of the wadi with its tributaries on the variation of its concentrations.


Chemistry Water Sediment Metallic trace elements Nil wadi Algeria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sihem Benessam
    • 1
    • 2
  • Taha-Hocine Debieche
    • 1
    Email author
  • Souad Amiour
    • 1
  • Amal Chine
    • 1
  • Smaïl Khelili
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Geological Engineering, Research Team of Water and Environment, Faculty of Nature and Life SciencesUniversity of Mohamed Seddik Benyahia—JijelJijelAlgeria
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Exact Sciences and Computer ScienceUniversity of Mohamed Seddik Benyahia—JijelJijelAlgeria
  3. 3.Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Ecotoxicology, Faculty of Exact Sciences and Computer ScienceUniversity of Mohamed Seddik Benyahia—JijelJijelAlgeria

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