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Heavy metal distribution in recent sediments along the Tietê River basin (São Pauro, Brazil)

Mortatti, Jefferson and Meneghel de Moraes, Graziela and Probst, Jean-Luc Heavy metal distribution in recent sediments along the Tietê River basin (São Pauro, Brazil). (2011) Geochemical Journal, Vol. 46 (n° 1). pp. 13-19. ISSN 1880-5973

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Abstract

The distribution of heavy metals in recent sediments deposited along the Tietê River, a highly polluted river in southeast region of Brazil was studied. Around the metropolitan area of São Paulo city (25 million people), the pollution is related to municipal wastes and industrial effluents with reinforced downstream by agricultural activities. The observed increase of heavy metal concentrations is particularly important for Zn in the upper basin and Cu, Co and Cr at mouth. Geo-accumulation index calculation, related to the regional background, showed that the sediments along the basin are seriously polluted by heavy metals of anthropogenic origin, mainly Cu, Co, Cr and Zn. Calculated index suggests medium to very strongly pollution.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT
Université de Toulouse > Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III - UPS
Other partners > Universidade de São Paulo - USP (BRAZIL)
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Deposited By:Nadia Kelmouss

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