[Concentrations and distribution characteristic of PAHs, PCBs and OCPs in the surface sediments of Qingtao coastal area]

Jiang-Tao Wang, Li-Ju Tan, Wen-Hao Zhang, Zi-Ru Lian
Huan Jing Ke Xue= Huanjing Kexue 2010, 31 (11): 2713-22
PAHs were measured by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) in the surface sediments collected from the southern Shandong Peninsula coastal area. Contents and distribution characterizations of PAHs, PCBs and OCPs in the area were discussed. The concentration of PAHs in the surface sediments decreased gradually from the inshore area to the offshore area. According to the ratio of P/A and Fl/Py, the release from combustion of fuel was one of the most major sources of PAHs in this area. The level of PCBs in the surface sediments was higher in the Jiaozhou Bay and southwest coast of Qingtao, and lower in the other area. The distribution of PCBs decreased gradually from the inshore to the offshore area. OCPs in surface sediments also decreased from the inshore to the offshore area. The HCHs data showed the area was polluted by agriculture and industry at the same time. There were only a few DDTs imported into the area in the recent years, and DDTs were decomposed by aerobic microbial degradation in surface sediment. The concentration of PAHs, PCBs and OCPs suggested that the potential risk of environmental pollution was low in the area.

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