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Influence of an intensive agricultural drainage basin on the seasonal distribution of organic pollutants in seawater from a Mediterranean coastal lagoon (Mar Menor, SE Spain)

October 16, 2013

The seasonal distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, organochlorine pesticides, organophosphorus pesticides, triazines and other organic pollutants in surface seawater from the Mar Menor lagoon (SE Spain) was characterized from spring 2009 to winter 2010 by stir bar sorptive extraction and thermal desorption followed by capillary gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (SBSE–GC–MS). The most ubiquitous pollutants were chlorpyrifos, chlortal-dimethyl, terbuthylazine, naphthalene and propyzamide throughout the year. Insecticides and herbicides were predominant in summer and spring, and fungicides were more abundant in autumn and winter. Chlorpyrifos was predominant in autumn and spring; herbicides (propyzamide, terbuthylazine and terbuthylazine-desethyl) in autumn and fungicides (flutolanil, boscalid, cyprodinil) in autumn and winter. The highest concentrations for the majority of pollutants were detected in autumn as consequence of air and surface/ground water inputs, and above all of desorption from terrigenous materials deposited in sediments by two intense flash flood events (September 2009).

Moreno-González R, Campillo J A, in press. Influence of an intensive agricultural drainage basin on the seasonal distribution of organic pollutants in seawater from a Mediterranean coastal lagoon (Mar Menor, SE Spain), Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.09.040. Article.

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