Heavy Metals and Pesticides in Marine Sediment, Seawater, and Seaplants Along the Kenya-Mombasa Coastline
Oyugi, Mildred P.
Njue, Wilson N.
Kinyua, Anthony M.
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Marine sediment, seawater and several species of seaplants along the Kenya- Mombasa coastal region were analyzed to determine the levels of heavy metals by AAS and EDXRF and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) by GLC-ECD. In marine sediments, there were high levels of manganese (1100 mg/L) at Vanga, compared to other study sites. In seawater, the heavy metals were detected in levels higher than those considered as natural in the ocean and the range was 0.01–0.30 mg/L. OCPs were detected in marine sediments and in seaplants. The trend of concentration of these pollutants in ascending order in seawater, marine sediment and seaplants was observed.