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In Situ, High-Resolution Profiles of Labile Metals in Sediments of Lake Taihu

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Characterizing labile metal distribution and biogeochemical behavior in sediments is crucial for understanding their contamination characteristics in lakes, for which in situ, high-resolution data is scare. The diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) technique was used in-situ at five sites across Lake Taihu in the Yangtze River delta in China to characterize the distribution and mobility of eight labile metals (Fe, Mn, Zn, Ni, Cu, Pb, Co and Cd) in sediments at a 3 mm spatial resolution. The results showed a great spatial heterogeneity in the distributions of redox-sensitive labile Fe, Mn and Co in sediments, while other metals had much less marked structure, except for downward decreases of labile Pb, Ni, Zn and Cu in the surface sediment layers. Similar distributions were found between labile Mn and Co and among labile Ni, Cu and Zn, reflecting a close link between their geochemical behaviors. The relative mobility, defined as the ratio of metals accumulated by DGT to the total contents in a volume of sediments with a thickness of 10 mm close to the surface of DGT probe, was the greatest for Mn and Cd, followed by Zn, Ni, Cu and Co, while Pb and Fe had the lowest mobility; this order generally agreed with that defined by the modified BCR approach. Further analyses showed that the downward increases of pH values in surface sediment layer may decrease the lability of Pb, Ni, Zn and Cu as detected by DGT, while the remobilization of redox-insensitive metals in deep sediment layer may relate to Mn cycling through sulphide coprecipitation, reflected by several corresponding minima between these metals and Mn. These in situ data provided the possibility for a deep insight into the mechanisms involved in the remobilization of metals in freshwater sediments.

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Locations of Lake Taihu in China and sampling sites in Lake Taihu.
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ijerph-13-00884-f001: Locations of Lake Taihu in China and sampling sites in Lake Taihu.

Mentions: Figure 1 shows the five Lake Taihu sites selected for this study; samples were collected in October 2014. These sites can be classified into three ecological types (Table 1). Sites 1 and 2 are located in algal-dominated regions (Meiliang and Zhushan Bays) with polluted characteristics. Site 5 is located in the macrophyte-dominated region (East Lake Taihu); this is an aquaculture region with fresh aquatic vegetation and small aquatic animals in the water column which feed crabs. Sites 3 and 4 are in the central and west part of the lake, respectively. There is no obvious macrophyte coverage in the two site regions, but they frequently suffer from algal blooms.


In Situ, High-Resolution Profiles of Labile Metals in Sediments of Lake Taihu
Locations of Lake Taihu in China and sampling sites in Lake Taihu.
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ijerph-13-00884-f001: Locations of Lake Taihu in China and sampling sites in Lake Taihu.
Mentions: Figure 1 shows the five Lake Taihu sites selected for this study; samples were collected in October 2014. These sites can be classified into three ecological types (Table 1). Sites 1 and 2 are located in algal-dominated regions (Meiliang and Zhushan Bays) with polluted characteristics. Site 5 is located in the macrophyte-dominated region (East Lake Taihu); this is an aquaculture region with fresh aquatic vegetation and small aquatic animals in the water column which feed crabs. Sites 3 and 4 are in the central and west part of the lake, respectively. There is no obvious macrophyte coverage in the two site regions, but they frequently suffer from algal blooms.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Characterizing labile metal distribution and biogeochemical behavior in sediments is crucial for understanding their contamination characteristics in lakes, for which in situ, high-resolution data is scare. The diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) technique was used in-situ at five sites across Lake Taihu in the Yangtze River delta in China to characterize the distribution and mobility of eight labile metals (Fe, Mn, Zn, Ni, Cu, Pb, Co and Cd) in sediments at a 3 mm spatial resolution. The results showed a great spatial heterogeneity in the distributions of redox-sensitive labile Fe, Mn and Co in sediments, while other metals had much less marked structure, except for downward decreases of labile Pb, Ni, Zn and Cu in the surface sediment layers. Similar distributions were found between labile Mn and Co and among labile Ni, Cu and Zn, reflecting a close link between their geochemical behaviors. The relative mobility, defined as the ratio of metals accumulated by DGT to the total contents in a volume of sediments with a thickness of 10 mm close to the surface of DGT probe, was the greatest for Mn and Cd, followed by Zn, Ni, Cu and Co, while Pb and Fe had the lowest mobility; this order generally agreed with that defined by the modified BCR approach. Further analyses showed that the downward increases of pH values in surface sediment layer may decrease the lability of Pb, Ni, Zn and Cu as detected by DGT, while the remobilization of redox-insensitive metals in deep sediment layer may relate to Mn cycling through sulphide coprecipitation, reflected by several corresponding minima between these metals and Mn. These in situ data provided the possibility for a deep insight into the mechanisms involved in the remobilization of metals in freshwater sediments.

No MeSH data available.