Surface sediment analysis on heavy metals in coastal area of UMS-Tuaran, Sabah

Siti Aishah Mohd Ali and Tan, Wei Hsiang and Rohana Tair and Apsa Abdul Naser and Fatin Sualin (2014) Surface sediment analysis on heavy metals in coastal area of UMS-Tuaran, Sabah. Borneo Science Journal, 34. pp. 6-10. ISSN 2231-9085 (In Press)

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Heavy metal concentrations (Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn) were investigated in surface sediments from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) - Tuaran coastal area, Sabah. Samples were collected using Ponar grab sampler in ten different stations at the site area. The heavy metals were analyzed using Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) after the surface sediments were digested with aqua regia (HNO3: HCl) solution. The overall mean and range of heavy metal concentrations in the surface sediments were: Cd (0.55, 0.27 - 1.06 mg/kg), Cr (4.93, 1.97 - 10.30 mg/kg), Cu (7.40, 0 – 18.57 mg/kg), Pb (3.88, 0 – 14.4 mg/kg) and Zn (31.84, 11.60 - 67.1 mg/kg) respectively. Overall, the heavy metal concentrations in surface sediments were not exceeded the Interim Sediment Quality Guidelines (ISQG) limit except for Cd which a bit higher than 0.7 mg kg-1 indicating considered slightly pollute.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Heavy metals, ICP-OES, aqua-regia solution, surface sediments
Subjects: S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Department: FACULTY > Faculty of Science and Natural Resources
Depositing User: NORAINI LABUK -
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 10:20
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2018 10:20

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