Distribution and grain-size partitioning of metals in bovfom sediments of an experimentally acidified Wisconsin lake

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A study of concentrations and distribution of major and trace elements in surficial bottom sediments of Little Rock Lake in northern Wisconsin included examination of spatial variation and grain-size effects. No significant differences with respect to metal distribution in sediments were observed between the two basins of the lake, despite the experimental acidification of one of the basins from pH 6.1 to 4.6. The concentrations of most elements in the lake sediments were generally similar to soil concentrations in the area and were well below sediment quality criteria. Two exceptions were lead and zinc, whose concentrations in July 1990 exceeded the criteria of 50 μg/g and 100 μg/g, respectively, in both littoral and pelagic sediments. Concentrations of some elements, particularly Cu, Pb, and Zn, increased along transects from nearshore to midlake, following a similar gradient of sedimentary organic carbon. In contrast, Mn, Fe, and alkali/alkaline-earth elements were at maximum concentrations in nearshore sediments. These elements are less likely to partition to organic particles, and their distribution is more dependent on mineralogical composition, grain size, and other factors. Element concentrations varied among different sediment grain-size fractions, although a simple inverse relation to grain size was not observed. Fe, Mn, Pb, and Zn were more concentrated in a grain-size range 20–60 tm than in either the very fine or the coarse fractions, possibly because of the aggregation of smaller particles cemented together by organic and Fe/Mn hydrous-oxide coatings.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Distribution and grain-size partitioning of metals in bovfom sediments of an experimentally acidified Wisconsin lake
Series title Water Resources Bulletin
DOI 10.1111/j.1752-1688.1994.tb03288.x
Volume 30
Issue 2
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher American Water Resources Association
Description 9 p.
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Other Geospatial Little Rock Lake
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