Trace element fluxes during the last 100 years in sediment near a nuclear power plant

S. Bojórquez-Sánchez, A. J. Marmolejo-Rodríguez, A. C. Ruiz-Fernández, A. Sánchez-González, J. A. Sánchez-Cabeza, H. Bojórquez-Leyva, L. H. Pérez-Bernal

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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd The Salada coastal lagoon is located in Veracruz (Mexico) near the Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant (LVNPP). Currently, the lagoon receives the cooling waters used in the LVNPP. To evaluate the fluxes and mobilization of trace elements due to human activities in the area, two sediment cores from the coastal flood plains of Salada Lagoon were analysed. Cores were collected using PVC tubes. Sediments cores were analysed every centimetre for dating (210Pb by alpha detector) and trace metal analysis using ICP-Mass Spectrometry. The dating of both sediment cores covers the period from 1900 to 2013, which includes the construction of the LVNPP (1970's). The Normalized Enrichment Factor shows enrichment of Ag, As and Cr in both sediment cores. These enrichments correspond to the extent of mining activity (which reached a maximum in the 1900's) and to the geological setting of the coastal zone. The profiles of the element fluxes in both sediment cores reflected the construction and operation of the LVNPP; however, the elements content did not show evidence of pollution coming from the LVNPP.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)343-353
Number of pages307
JournalEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
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StatePublished - 5 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Bojórquez-Sánchez, S. ; Marmolejo-Rodríguez, A. J. ; Ruiz-Fernández, A. C. ; Sánchez-González, A. ; Sánchez-Cabeza, J. A. ; Bojórquez-Leyva, H. ; Pérez-Bernal, L. H. / Trace element fluxes during the last 100 years in sediment near a nuclear power plant. In: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2017 ; pp. 343-353.
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