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The partition of trace metals between dissolved and particulate phases in European coastal waters: a compilation of field data and comparison with laboratory studies
Balls, P.W. (1989). The partition of trace metals between dissolved and particulate phases in European coastal waters: a compilation of field data and comparison with laboratory studies. Neth. J. Sea Res. 23(1): 7-14
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Balls, P.W.

Abstract
    The recent literature on trace metal distributions in water and suspended particulates is examined and partition coefficients calculated. The extent to which this is possible is limited since most surveys do not determine trace metals in both phases and record the suspended solids loading. The results indicate that for most metals the partition coefficient is dependent on solids loading. This finding is in agreement with previous laboratory based experiments. Partition coefficients from the field are, however, generally greater than those obtained in laboratory experiments. Possible sources of difference between laboratory and field studies are discussed. It is concluded that in estuarine and coastal waters particle-water interactions are important and that studies which examine only one phase are unlikely to further our knowledge of trace metal behaviour in such environments.

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