J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 875 - 878

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 875
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030437

Pollutant lad sources and deposition in the Western Mediterranean

J. Miralles1, O. Radakovitch1, A. Véron1, J.K. Cochran2, P. Masqué3 and J.A. Sanchez-Cabeza3

1  CEREGE, Europôle Méditerranéen de l'Arbois, 13545 Aix-en-Provence cedex 4, France
2  Marine Science Research Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, U.S.A.
3  Departament de Fisica, Centre d'Estudis Ambientals, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain

Long term measurements of atmospheric fluxes of contaminants such as lead are difficult to sustain in terms of logistic and experimental strategy. We collected a soil core in the Camargue (Rhone Delta) and used multiple geocheinical tracers ( 210Pb, 239Pu, 239Pu and stable lead isotopes) to estimate the atmospheric supply of pollutant lead at 93 $\mu$ -2). We compared this inventoly to pollutant lead inventorie in sediment cores from the Gulf of Lions continental margin and the Alboran Sea. The results showed the atmospheric value in the former area while the latter area showed enhanced inventories. We hypothesize that the large inventory in the Alboran Sea is due to specific hydrographic conditions (including up-welling and a geostrophic front) in this region of the Western Mediterranean that result in enhanced scavenging of lead and other reactive tracers. Despite these different level of accumulations, lead isotope imprints in surficial sediments demonstrate the dominance of atmospheric deposition to the sites.

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