publication . Article . 2010

Determination of mercury and arsenic levels in fish caught in the Beheshtabad River, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, Iran

Mehdi Raissy; Ebrahim Rahimi; Mahsa Ansari; Abdol Ghaffar Ebadi;
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  • Published: 14 Sep 2010 Journal: Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry, volume 92, pages 1,627-1,631 (issn: 0277-2248, eissn: 1029-0486, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Abstract
Mercury and arsenic pollution has been recognized as a potential environmental and public health problem for over 40 years. The major source of exposure to mercury for humans is the ingestion of fish. This study was conducted with the aim of determining the levels of mercury and arsenic in the muscles of four fish species caught in the Beheshtabad River and comparing the results with the maximum tolerance levels for mercury and arsenic. The samples of 90 fish were used for the determination of both the metals by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. The results showed that the concentrations ranged from 1.5 to 3.8 µg kg−1 for mercury and from 35 to 70...
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free text keywords: Pollution, Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis, Environmental Chemistry, Indicator species, Water pollution, Aquatic animal, Atomic absorption spectroscopy, law.invention, law, Environmental science, Arsenic, chemistry.chemical_element, chemistry, Graphite furnace atomic absorption, Water quality, Mercury (element), Environmental chemistry
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