Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Zonta R., Botter M., Cassin D., Pini R., Scattolin M., Zaggia L. Sediment chemical contamination of a shallow water area close to the industrial zone of Porto Marghera (Venice Lagoon, Italy). In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 55 (40522) pp. 529 - 542. Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd, 2007.
The industrial zone of Porto Marghera is one the most important ""contaminated sites of national interest"" (SIN) in Italy, being identified as an area of high environmental risk. The site includes a wide shallow water area of the Venice Lagoon extending toward the city of Venice, which was investigated in order to acquire information on the pollutant level and distribution. Grain-size, heavy metal, nutrient, and organic micropollutant concentrations were determined in the surface sediment layers (0-5 and 5-10 cm depths) of 51 sites. A generally low contamination was found, except for Hg concentration, which increases the toxicological risk in most of the sites of the area, according to the results of a comparison with Sediment Quality Guidelines. A heavy pollution fingerprint (Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb, and Zn up to 15.2, 257, 11.9, 248, and 3010 mg/kg d.w., respectively) was instead found near the Tresse Island, which is ascribed to the spill of pollutants from the contaminated sediment disposed therein. Grain-size and heavy metal profiles down to a depth of 40 cm in eight selected sites, finally show a probable decrease of the pollution affecting the area in recent years. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.09.024
Subject Venice lagoon
Porto marghera

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