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Mobilisation of sediment-associated metals from historical Pb working sites on the River Sheaf, Sheffield, UK

Hutchinson, SM and Rothwell, JJ 2008, 'Mobilisation of sediment-associated metals from historical Pb working sites on the River Sheaf, Sheffield, UK' , Environmental Pollution, 155 (1) , pp. 61-71.

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Spatial and temporal patterns of metal mobilisation from former water-powered, Pb working sites in a suburban area of Sheffield (UK) were investigated. Twelve time-integrated mass flux samplers were strategically deployed over two contrasting campaign periods (summer and winter). Suspended sediment samples were characterised magnetically and subjected to metal analysis. Metal levels in the upper River Sheaf showed a marked spatial and temporal variability. Pb concentrations in particular were relatively high (maximum 2132 mg kg-1). Their distribution tended to reflect the historical contamination of the valley by 17th to 19th century industry, especially during summer high discharge conditions. The mean suspended sediment Pb concentration (803 mg kg-1) exceeds contamination guidelines. It is unclear whether ground remediation of one of the seven floodplain sites in the catchment has been successful. The river is still affected by the legacy of at least two other Pb working sites.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Pollution
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02697491
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 15:26
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 12:01

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