Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Marini M., Frapiccini E. Persistence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in sediments in the deeper area of the Northern Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean sea). In: Chemosphere, vol. 90 article n. 1839. Elsevier, 2013. [Online First 20 October 2012]
The Po Valley is themost important agricultural and industrial area of Adriatic basin. In this area there are 32 several rivers which transport polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into the sea via suspended par- 33 ticulate matter. This study describes the persistence of PAHs in the deep and coastal sediments of the 34 Northern Adriatic. Different environmental conditions were studied: salinity, temperature, sunlight, sed- 35 iment particle size and organic matter in sediment. The average conditions in the deep areas of the North- 36 ern Adriatic are: salinity higher than 37, temperature lower than 11 C, darkness and clayey sediments 37 with a high organic matter content. These conditions increase the persistence of the PAHs in the deep 38 area of the Northern Adriatic.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.09.080
Subject PAHs
deep Adriatic Sea

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