Environmental magnetism and application in the continental shelf sediments of India

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dc.contributor.author Alagarsamy, R.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-26T04:15:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-26T04:15:18Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Marine Environmental Research, vol.68(2); 49-58
dc.identifier.uri http://drs.nio.org/drs/handle/2264/3368
dc.description.abstract Mineral magnetic and geochemical analyses were carried out on surface sediments from the continental shelf of India. The purpose of this study is to examine the environmental assessment of heavy metal concentrations and its impact in the coastal environment using magnetic techniques and to gain an understanding on the factors controlling metal concentrations and distributions in the east and west coast of India. The strong relationships between Anhysteretic Remanent Magnetization (Chi ARM) and heavy metals can be explained by the role of iron oxides controlling metal concentrations, though the link is also reinforced by the strong tendency of Chi ARM to be associated with the finer particle sizes. Higher values of magnetic susceptibility, IRM20 mT and SIRM are associated with the east coast shelf sediments suggest the presence of high ferrimagnetic content, which can be derived from the weathering products of the Deccan Basalts. Chi ARM can be used as a normalizer for particle size effects in the way that Aluminium (Al) is often used. The relationship between magnetic parameters and heavy metal concentrations (Fe, Cu, Cr and Ni) showed a strong positive correlation in the east coast sediments, much less so in the case of the west coast. This finding suggests that the simple, rapid and non-destructive magnetic measurement can be used as an indicator for the heavy metal contamination and proxies for the mesurement of heavy metals content in the coastal environment
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.rights An edited version of this paper was published by Elsevier. Copyright [2009] Elsevier All efforts have been made to respect the copyright to the best of our knowledge. Inadvertent omissions, if brought to our notice, stand for correction and withdrawal of document from this repository.
dc.subject geochemistry
dc.subject continental shelves
dc.subject heavy metals
dc.subject magnetism
dc.title Environmental magnetism and application in the continental shelf sediments of India
dc.type Journal Article

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