The Influence of Pore-Water Chemistry on the Behaviour of Transuranic Elements in Marine Sediments

  • B. R. Harvey


Marine sediments form a natural sink for many substances which would otherwise act as pollutants in the marine environment. The fate of such substances after burial depends, however, not only on the chemical nature of the substances themselves but also on the characteristics of the depositional environment with which they become associated. It has long been realized that the fluids occupying the interstices between the sediment particles play an important role in bringing about the post-depositional changes that occur within the sedimentary environment (Siever et al., 1965; Brooks et al., 1968; Friedman et al., 1968; Bischoff and Ku, 1970). Furthermore, pore-fluid is now seen as a significant reservoir and participant in the marine geochemical cycle (see Manglesdorf et al., 1969) and it must be concluded that the ultimate fate of those polluting substances which become associated with particulate matter will thus be strongly influenced by the chemistry of sediment pore waters.


Pore Water Marine Sediment Ferrous Iron Interstitial Water Anoxic Sediment 
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  • B. R. Harvey
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  1. 1.Directorate of Fisheries Research, Fisheries LaboratoryMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and FoodLowestoft, SuffolkUK

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