Assessment of Arsenic and Heavy Metal Pollution in Surface Sediments of the Ergene River, Turkey
Mihri Hallı1, Erol Sarı2, Mehmet Ali Kurt3
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1Ethnography and Archeology Museum, 22020 Edirne, Turkey
2Institute of Marine Science and Management, Istanbul University, 34134 Istanbul, Turkey
3Advanced Technology Education, Research and Application Center, Mersin University, 33358 Mersin, Turkey
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2014;23(5):1581–1590
20 surface sediments recovered from the Ergene River have been analyzed in order to assess the extent of anthropogenic inputs into the river. The results of enrichment factor (EF), contamination factor (CF), and pollution load index (PLI) reveal that the sediments of the Ergene River were not polluted with Cu, Fe, Mn, and Ni, but were moderately polluted with As, Cr, Pb, V, and Zn. The highest CF and PLI of As, Cr, and V were observed near the industrial district of Çorlu. These CF and PLI values indicated anthropogenic influence caused by the input of untreated industrial wastewater and domestic sewage.