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Butyltin compounds in a sediment core from the old Tilbury basin, London, UK

Authors
Journal
Marine Pollution Bulletin
0025-326X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
50
Issue
12
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.06.018
Keywords
  • Tributyltin
  • Antifoulant
  • Isotope Dilution
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

Abstract

Abstract Sections from a sediment core taken from the River Thames were analysed for butyltin species using gas chromatography with species-specific isotope dilution mass spectrometry. Results demonstrated that in most samples tributyltin concentrations of 20–60 ng/g accounted for <10% of the total butyltin species present, which is in agreement with data from other sediment samples which were historically contaminated with tributyltin. Vertical distribution of the organotin residues with depth throughout the core, with data on organochlorine compounds and heavy metals allowed for the construction of a consistent hypothesis on historical deposition of contaminated sediments. From this it was possible to infer that the concentrations of tributyltin in sediments deposited during the early 1960s were in the order of 400–600 μg/g by using degradation rate constants derived by other workers. Such values fall well within the range quoted for harbour sediments in the literature.

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