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Chronology of lead pollution contained in banded coral skeletons

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Abstract

The possibility of the annual skeletal growth bands of reef-building corals containing a record of lead additions to the marine environment was investigated using coral skeletons from St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Concentrations of lead within a coral from a polluted reef averaged 395 ng/g, five fold higher than within a coral from a pristine site, 87 ng/g. The lead chronologies of both corals showed a significant increase in concentration towards the present during the past 26 yr. The increase in lead concentration in the coral from the pristine site is suggested to represent the increase in lead availability from global pollution. Coral skeletons offer the probability of development into tools for long term chemical recorders of levels of lead and possibly other metals or compounds in seawater. 50 references, 3 figures, 1 table.
Publication Date:
Aug 01, 1984
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EDB-85-149442
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Mar. Biol. (Berlin); (Germany, Federal Republic of); Journal Volume: 82:1
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CORALS; CHEMICAL COMPOSITION; LEAD; BIOLOGICAL ACCUMULATION; BIOLOGICAL INDICATORS; ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; LONG-RANGE TRANSPORT; REEFS; SKELETON; VIRGIN ISLANDS; BODY; CNIDARIA; ELEMENTS; FEDERAL REGION II; GEOLOGIC STRUCTURES; ISLANDS; LESSER ANTILLES; MASS TRANSFER; METALS; NORTH AMERICA; ORGANS; USA; WEST INDIES; 520200* - Environment, Aquatic- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
5314561
Research Organizations:
Nova Univ., Dania, FL
Country of Origin:
Germany
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: MBIOA
Submitting Site:
HEDB
Size:
Pages: 9-13
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Citation Formats

Dodge, R E, and Gilbert, T R. Chronology of lead pollution contained in banded coral skeletons. Germany: N. p., 1984. Web.
Dodge, R E, & Gilbert, T R. Chronology of lead pollution contained in banded coral skeletons. Germany.
Dodge, R E, and Gilbert, T R. 1984. "Chronology of lead pollution contained in banded coral skeletons." Germany.
@misc{etde_5314561,
title = {Chronology of lead pollution contained in banded coral skeletons}
author = {Dodge, R E, and Gilbert, T R}
abstractNote = {The possibility of the annual skeletal growth bands of reef-building corals containing a record of lead additions to the marine environment was investigated using coral skeletons from St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Concentrations of lead within a coral from a polluted reef averaged 395 ng/g, five fold higher than within a coral from a pristine site, 87 ng/g. The lead chronologies of both corals showed a significant increase in concentration towards the present during the past 26 yr. The increase in lead concentration in the coral from the pristine site is suggested to represent the increase in lead availability from global pollution. Coral skeletons offer the probability of development into tools for long term chemical recorders of levels of lead and possibly other metals or compounds in seawater. 50 references, 3 figures, 1 table.}
journal = {Mar. Biol. (Berlin); (Germany, Federal Republic of)}
volume = {82:1}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Germany}
year = {1984}
month = {Aug}
}