Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Miserocchi S., Frignani M., Langone L., Albertazzi S. Pb-210 transport by sinking particles at a selected site of the Southern Adriatic Sea. In: Journal de Physique Iv, vol. 107 pp. 879 - 882. E D P Sciences, 2003.
A mooring was deployed in the southern Adriatic basin (1030 in depth) between April 1994 and October 1995. The mooring was equipped with two time-series sediment traps placed at 500 and 35 m above the bottom, respectively. Mass fluxes at both depths are characterised by high variability (26-1577 mg cm(-2) y(-1)), without a clear seasonal trend. Particulate Pb-210 activities vary within a relatively limited range of values (13-74 dpm g(-1)) and do not show any evident relationship with water depth. Activities are higher in winter. The correlation between Pb-210 activity and organic matter in the upper water column suggests that Ph-210 scavenging may be controlled by carbon cycle. On the contrary, at the near-bottom trap Pb-210 activity seems to be driven by the amount of particles, their residence time in the water column and the contribution of lateral advection. The mass balances of both particulate matter and Pb-210 require a very significant lateral input between the lower trap and the sea bottom. This flux is mainly consisting of resuspended sediment and seems to be episodic.
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030438
Subject Southern Adriatic Sea

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