Gobal Advanced Research Journal of Environmental Science and Toxicology (GARJEST) ISSN: 2315-5140
August 2013 Vol. 2(6), pp. 144-151
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Distribution and source identification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediments of the Ambarlı Port area, Sea of Marmara, Turkey

S. Ünlü1*, E. Sarı1, R. Apak1, N. Balcı2 and B. Koldemir3

1Istanbul University, Institute of Marine Sciences and Management, 34116 Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Geological Engineering, İstanbul Technical University, Ayazağa, Turkey
3Maritime Transportation and Management Department, İstanbul University, Avcılar, Turkey

*Corresponding Author E-mail: su@istanbul.edu.tr; vsunlu@gmail.com; Tel: +90(212)5282539; Fax: +90(212)5268433

Accepted 23 August, 2013


Surface sediments were collected from 32 sites in the Ambarlı Port located in the northern coast. of the Marmara Sea and analysed for 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) listed as the priority. pollutants by the US EPA. Total concentrations of the PAHs ranged from 56 to 3685 ng/g, dry weight, and the highest values were recorded at the coast locations, and the anchoring areas. Source analysis using the isomer ratios suggested that the PAHs in the Ambarlı Port area sediments were derived to a mixture of the pyrolytic input coming from anthropogenic combustion processes such as industry, vehicles and heating processes. Further, the carcinogenic PAH levels at the near shore and anchoring areas around the Ambarlı Port were exceeded the effect range low (ERL), and could cause the acute biological impairments when compared to the sediment quality quidelines.

Keywords: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Surficial marine sediment, Ambarlı Port, Diagnostic ratio, Sediment Quality Guidelines.


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