Accumulation of Chemicals in the Hydrosphere

  • Rolf Hartung
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 6)


When considering accumulations of chemicals in the environment, among the first things that usually come into our minds are the concentrations and accumulations of various pesticides in aquatic food chains with subsequent detrimental effects on some species of birds and elevated levels of pesticides in fish which are to be used for food by humans. However, if one examines this story more closely, it becomes rapidly apparent that the behavior of persistent chemicals in the aquatic environment is considerably more complex than it appears at first sight. For the purposes of this symposium I shall limit my discussion to some members of the chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides and PCBs, since these have been best studied with respect to their environmental behavior.


Aquatic Organism Bottom Deposit Surface Microlayers Aquatic Food Chain High Partition Coefficient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Hartung
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  1. 1.Environmental and Industrial Health, School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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