Metal Pollution Status of Surface Sediments in the Two Coastal Regions of the Mersin Bay, Northeastern Mediterranean Sea
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The objective of this study is to determine metal pollution status of surface sediments in the two coastal regions of Mersin Bay under the influence of Seyhan and Göksu River inflows for the 2005-2009 period. The average metal concentrations orders were found to be Al > Cr > Cu > Zn > Cd for the Station Mersin affected by Seyhan River inflows and Al > Zn > Cr > Cu > Cd for the Station Taşucu under the influence of Göksu River. According to classification of metal pollution of surface sediments, though there was no Cd pollution, the sediments are highly polluted by heavy metals Cr, Cu and Zn in the Seyhan River influenced coastal region due to agricultural and industrial wastewater discharges.
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