The role of Cymodocea nodosa on the dynamics of trace elements in different marine environmental compartments at the Mar Menor Lagoon (Spain)

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Title: The role of Cymodocea nodosa on the dynamics of trace elements in different marine environmental compartments at the Mar Menor Lagoon (Spain)
Authors: Serrano, Raquel | Gras, Luis | Gimenez-Casalduero, Francisca | Del-Pilar-Ruso, Yoana | Grindlay, Guillermo | Mora, Juan
Research Group/s: Espectrometría Atómica Analítica (GEAA) | Biología Marina
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Química Analítica, Nutrición y Bromatología | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada
Keywords: Mining waste | Marine chemistry | Trace metals mobilisation | Analytical chemistry | Seagrass leaf litter beds | Mar Menor coastal lagoon
Knowledge Area: Química Analítica | Zoología
Issue Date: Apr-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2019, 141: 52-60. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.02.019
Abstract: During mining activities historically developed at Sierra Minera (Cartagena-La Unión, Spain), high amounts of trace elements were discharged to the Mar Menor coastal lagoon mainly through El Beal Wadi. The objective of this study is to establish the role played by the Cymodocea nodosa in the coastal marine dynamics of trace elements at the mouth of the wadi. To this end, the content of nine trace elements (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) in different marine environmental compartments (i.e. marine and coastal sediments, C. nodosa tissues collected from live seagrass and C. nodosa beach cast litter) at two different locations were determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry. The results showed that the seagrass C. nodosa could mobilise part of the elements present in marine sediments and water, thereby causing their re-accumulation in the coastal sediments through the C. nodosa beach cast litter.
Sponsor: The authors thanks the University of Alicante – Spain for the financial support (VIGROB-050).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/88753
ISSN: 0025-326X (Print) | 1879-3363 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.02.019
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.02.019
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