Characterization and evolution of the sediments of a Mediterranean coastal lagoon located next to a former mining area
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Knowledge AreaEdafología y Química Agrícola
SponsorsThe authors would like to thank Fundación Séneca for funding the project 12038/PI/09. In addition, they want to acknowledge the cooperation of J.M. Peñas, R. Baños, J. Saura, M. Saura and B. Villaescusa who helped us to improve this research and to Mr. and Mrs. Purves for their English grammar supervision.
Bibliographic CitationGarcía, G., & Muñoz-Vera, A. (2015). Characterization and evolution of the sediments of a Mediterranean coastal lagoon located next to a former mining area. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 100(1), 249–263. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.08.042
Metal mining waste
Coastal lagoon Mar Menor (SE Spain)
Coastal lagoons are ecosystems that are relatively enclosed water bodies under the influence of both the terrestrial and themarine environment, being vulnerable to human impacts. Human activities, such asmining extraction, are significant anthropogenic coastal stressors that can negatively affect ecosystems and communities. In light of the above, the objective of this research is to examine the influence ofmetal mining activities on the composition of sediments of a Mediterranean coastal lagoon, named Mar Menor. This paper presents a comprehensive characterization for grain size, mineralogy, geochemistry and organic matter of sediments of this coastal lagoon, investigating their variation along space and time. Sedimentation dynamics are ruling clearly the grain size predominant in each area of the MarMenor coastal lagoon, determining the existence of entrainment, transport and sedimentation areas. Forminerals, elements and organic matter, sedimentation dynamics are also determining their ...
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