Investigation of the heavy metal pollution of Istanbul bosphorus sea-water and mussels

Koklu U., Akman S., Doner G.

FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol.9, pp.759-765, 2000 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.759-765
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


In this study, the concentration of heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, chromium, copper and zinc in sea water and mussel samples collected from the Istanbul Bosphorus was determined by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. The concentration ranges of Cr, Cd Pb, Cu and Zn in sea water were 0.89-3.93, 0.32-2.00, 1.29-4.41, 0.60-35.2 and 0.13-1.38 mug/l respectively. On the other hand, the contents of Cu, Cd, Cr, Pb and Zn in mussel samples were found to be 2.97-5.46 1.96-2.68, 1.81-2.01, 0.074-5.27 and 31.90-45.35, respectively. The heavy metal concentrations found in the sea-water and mussels of the Istanbul Bosphorus showed that sea-water and mussels have not been heavily contaminated by the toxic elements studied.