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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(11), 1113; doi:10.3390/ijerph13111113

Radionuclides (210Po and 210Pb) and Some Heavy Metals in Fish and Sediments in Lake Bafa, Turkey, and the Contribution of 210Po to the Radiation Dose

Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Ege University, Izmir 35100, Turkey
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Academic Editor: Annamaria Colao
Received: 27 June 2016 / Revised: 26 September 2016 / Accepted: 2 November 2016 / Published: 9 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Diseases)
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The pollution level of Lake Bafa was investigated by collecting fish samples {Dicentrarchus labrax (sea bass), Liza ramada (mullet) and Anguilla anguilla (eel)}, surface sediment, and core samples. In all these samples, 210Po and 210Pb concentrations were estimated, and total annual dose rates were obtained for each species. Some heavy metal (Cr, Ni, Pb, Cd, Mn, Fe, and Zn) concentration levels were obtained for the fish and a core sample. The sediment mass accumulation rate was found to be 3.27 g·m−2·day−1 (0.119 g·cm−2·y−1) from a core sample. The heavy metal concentrations in the vertical profile of samples from the core were also observed. The measured concentration of Zn, Pb, Cd, and Cr were between the ERL (effects range low) and ERM (effects range median) limits, while Ni concentrations were higher than the ERM limit. The observed concentrations of Cd, Pb, and Zn in fish samples did not exceed the limits in accordance with Turkish Food Regulations. Further, the maximum effective dose equivalent of 210Po in the area was found to be 1.169 µSv·y−1. View Full-Text
Keywords: 210Po; 210Pb; fish; sediment; Lake Bafa; heavy metals 210Po; 210Pb; fish; sediment; Lake Bafa; heavy metals

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Manav, R.; Uğur Görgün, A.; Filizok, I. Radionuclides (210Po and 210Pb) and Some Heavy Metals in Fish and Sediments in Lake Bafa, Turkey, and the Contribution of 210Po to the Radiation Dose. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 1113.

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