Natural and anthropogenic factors in the lateral distribution of the particulate material and chemical elements in water of the Nile River Foredelta and adjacent area of the Mediterranean Sea

V. V. Anikiev, O. V. Dudarev, M. A. Said, A. I. Botsul, I. V. Utkin, E. N. Shumilin

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Abstract

A comprehensive study was performed in winter 1988 in the Mediterranean Sea near the Egyptian coast to estimate the effect of the Nile River discharge on the geochemistry of the elements-hydrolyzates (Al, Fe, Mn) and heavy metals (Zn, Ni, Co, Pb, Cu, Cd). Based on the correlation in the lateral variations of the hydrophysical and hydrochemical parameters of the water mass, and the concentration and composition of the particulate material, we have concluded the leading role of the dynamic and biologic processes in the formation of areas with elevated abundances of the particulate material. The relative increase in the concentration of the particulate species of the chemical elements concerned could be caused by the following two types of the anthropogenic impacts: mining iron sulfide ores in the Nile River catchment area and sewage discharge to the coastal zone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
JournalGeochemistry International
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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