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Evaluation of biogenic and anthropogenic inputs of aliphatic hydrocarbons to Lake Taihu sediments using biomarkers

Qu, Wenchuan; Xue, Bin; Su, Chenwei; Wang, Sumin


Surficial sediments from 13 sites throughout Lake Taihu, one of the largest urbanized freshwater lake systems in China, were analyzed for biomarkers (e.g., n-alkanes and hopanes) to track the origin of organic inputs (biogenic or anthropogenic), and, thus, to identify any 'hot spots' of hydrocarbon contamination. A distinct spatial distribution of aliphatic hydrocarbons in sediments was observed in Lake Taihu. At the northern tip of the lake (i.e., Meiliang and Wuli Bays), the highest mean...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Hydrobiologia
DOI: 10.1007/s10750-006-0510-8


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