Assessment of Arsenic and Heavy Metal Pollution in Surface Sediments of the Ergene River, Turkey

Hallı M., Sarı E., Kurt M. A.

POLISH JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, vol.23, pp.1581-1590, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12665-016-5855-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1581-1590
  • Keywords: sediment pollution, enrichment factor, heavy metals, Ergene River, Maritza River, SURFICIAL SEDIMENTS, CONTAMINATION, WATER, SEA, FRACTIONATION, QUALITY, ESTUARY, MARINE, BASIN
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


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 Corlu. These CF and PLI values indicated anthropogenic influence caused by the input of untreated industrial wastewater and domestic sewage.