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The role of small, low density particles on the partition of selected PCB congeners between water and suspended matter (North Sea area)
Duinker, J.C. (1986). The role of small, low density particles on the partition of selected PCB congeners between water and suspended matter (North Sea area). Neth. J. Sea Res. 20(2-3): 229-238
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Duinker, J.C.

Abstract
    The dissolved and particulate suspended concentrations of five PCB congeners (with 3-7 chlorine atoms) in the Southern Bight (North Sea) are interpreted in terms of an equilibrium partitioning model. Kd values for riverine/coastal samples generally increase with chlorine number of the congeners (Kd = 104-106). Values are more than an order of magnitude larger at the low suspended matter concentrations offshore (<1 mg·dm-3). This is interpreted in terms of the presence of different SPM fractions with different contents of PCB: a fraction consisting of low size/density particles carrying high contents of PCBs, dominates at low SPM concentrations. The contribution of particulate forms to the total PCB concentration per unit volume may, therefore, be significant even at low SPM concentrations.

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