Phase Transitions of Trace Metals in the Aquatic Environment of Kuttanad, Kerala

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Phase Transitions of Trace Metals in the Aquatic Environment of Kuttanad, Kerala

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Title: Phase Transitions of Trace Metals in the Aquatic Environment of Kuttanad, Kerala
Author: Unnikrishnan,P; Muraleedharan Nair,S
Abstract: This thesis is a modest attempt in assessing the trace metal levels and their behavior in the aquatic environment of Kuttanad, an aquatic system that is severely affected by man’s intervention on natural processes, by study seriously evaluating the levels of trace metals in dissolved and particulate phases and also in the different chemical fractions of the sediments. Understanding of the distributions, variations and transfer processes of trace metals in different environmental phases in the backwaters of Kuttanad is vital for the assessment of the water pollution problems and study the ecology of the area which contributes 20% of the rice production in the State of Kerala. Kuttand is a low-lying, shallow bay formed as a result of geological uplift. The major economic activity is agriculture involving 40% of the population. About 1.5% of the people are engaged in aquaculture. The trace metal distribution in the Kuttand backwaters is considerably influenced by the tropical features of the location and by human activities including agricultural activities and construction of salinity barrier. In this study an attempt is made to differentiate the metals in the sediment into exchangeable, reducible and resistant fractions in the sediments.
URI: http://dyuthi.cusat.ac.in/purl/36
Date: 2000


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