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Regression of the level of different heavy metals to size of marine organisms harvested from the "Jiyeh" oil spill zone of the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Authors
  • Barbour, Elie K
  • Shaib, Houssam A
  • Yaghi, Ryan H
  • Sabra, Alia H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2009
Volume
83
Issue
2
Pages
219–222
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00128-009-9685-9
PMID: 19290457
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study aimed to establish a baseline data on regression of the levels of Lead (Pb), Nickel (Ni) and Vanadium (V) to specific size dimensions of selected marine organisms harvested from an oil spill zone of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Twenty samples of each of Siganus rivulatus, Mullets and oysters were collected from each of six harvest sites. A total of 1, 3, and 3 respective significant regression equations (p < 0.01) were established between Pb, Ni, V and specific size dimensions of the selected marine organisms. The significant correlation associated with the highest R (2) value was obtained between the Pb (y) level and the width (x) of the Siganus rivulatus (y = -86.833x + 417.72). The other six statistically significant correlations were associated with lower values of R (2) ranging between 0.338 and 0.380. This baseline data will be used in the future to evaluate the self-purification process of pollutants in different sizes of indicator-marine organisms in this part of the Mediterranean Sea.

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