Evidencing the Impact of Coastal Contaminated Sediments on Mussels Through Pb Stable Isotopes Composition

Heavily contaminated sediments are a serious concern for ecosystem quality, especially in coastal areas, where vulnerability is high due to intense anthropogenic pressure. Surface sediments (54 stations), 50 cm interface cores (five specific stations), river particles, coal and bulk Pb plate from past French Navy activities, seawater and mussels were collected in Toulon Bay (NW Mediterranean Sea). Lead content and Pb stable isotope composition have evidenced the direct impact of sediment pollution stock on both the water column quality and the living organisms, through the specific Pb isotopic signature in these considered compartments. The history of pollution events including past and present contaminant dispersion in Toulon Bay were also demonstrated by historical records of Pb content and Pb isotope ratios in sediment profiles. The sediment resuspension events, as simulated by batch experiments, could be a major factor contributing to the high Pb mobility in the considered ecosystem. A survey of Pb concentrations in surface seawater at 40 stations has revealed poor seawater quality, affecting both the dissolved fraction and suspended particles and points to marina/harbors as additional diffuse sources of dissolved Pb.

Full Text

Publisher's official version
113 Mo
Supporting Information
111 Mo
Author's final draft
461 Mo
How to cite
Huy Dang Duc, Schafer Jörg, Brach-Papa Christophe, Lenoble Veronique, Durrieu Gael, Dutruch Lionel, Chiffoleau Jean-Francois, Gonzalez Jean-Louis, Blanc Gerard, Mullot Jean-Ulrich, Mounier Stephane, Garnier Cedric (2015). Evidencing the Impact of Coastal Contaminated Sediments on Mussels Through Pb Stable Isotopes Composition. Environmental Science & Technology. 49 (19). 11438-11448. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b01893, https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00288/39884/

Copy this text