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Main Title Bioaccumulation of heavy metals by littoral and pelagic marine organisms /
Author Martin, John Holland,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Phelps, Donald K.,
CORP Author Moss Landing Marine Labs., CA.;Environmental Research Lab., Narragansett, RI.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Research Laboratory ;
Year Published 1979
Report Number EPA 600-3-79-038; EPA-R-802350; PB297493
Stock Number 22161
OCLC Number 05054702
ISBN pbk.
Subjects Marine biology. ; Animal ecology. ; Metals.
Additional Subjects Metals ; Tolerances(Physiology) ; Invertebrates ; Indicator species ; Marine biology ; Aquatic animals ; Oysters ; Mussels ; Concentration(Composition) ; Snails ; Ecology ; Spectrophotometry ; Bioindicators ; Bioaccumulation ; Water pollution effects(Animals) ; Heavy metals ; Limpets ; Acmaea scabra ; Tegula funebralis
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EHAM  TD427.H45M37 1979 Region 1 Library/Boston,MA 04/29/2016
EHBD  EPA-600/3-79-038 CEMM/ACESD Library/Narragansett,RI 03/16/2007
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-3-79-038 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 01/29/2020
EJBD  EPA 600-3-79-038 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 01/30/2020
EKCD  EPA-600/3-79-038 CEMM/GEMMD Library/Gulf Breeze,FL 06/26/2018
ERAD  EPA 600/3-79-038 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 10/22/2012
ESAD  EPA 600-3-79-038 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 03/23/2010
NTIS  PB-297 493 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation v, 57 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Marine organisms appear to be useful indicators of heavy metal pollution in the marine environment. In order to test this concept, research was performed to determine the levels of heavy metals in selected indicator organisms. Several approaches were used. The first was to select intertidal invertebrates that are widely distributed and are readily accessible for collection. Tests with the limpet Acmaea scabra proved inconclusive, while those with the turban snail (Tegula funebralis) showed anthropogenic silver input. The experience gained from these studies indicated that serious problems could exist when using organisms as monitors. As a result, a study on pooling of individuals for monitoring studies was performed. A second approach was to transplant oysters and mussels from clean to polluted environments in order to see if these organisms reflected ambient environmental levels. Significant increases in selected elements were observed in both bivalves and the general approach appears promising. As is the case with many other pollutant studies, the general conclusion drawn from this study and the others mentioned above is that many marine organisms have high concentrations of heavy metals, but whether the metals are adversely affecting the organisms cannot be determined on the basis of measuring amounts alone.
Grant no. "EPA 600-3-79-038." "March 1979." Cover title. Includes bibliographical references (pages 52-55).