Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.

Department

Geology

First Advisor

Al-Aasm, I. S.

Keywords

Geochemistry.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) was employed to biomonitor heavy metal (Fe, Zn, and Mn) pollution and to evaluate the distribution of carbon and oxygen stable isotopes in the Lake St. Clair and Detroit River mouth aquatic system. The shells were deposited close to isotopic equilibrium with the ambient water, with the delta13C being depleted by 0.7‰ with respect to the equilibrium value in Lake St. Clair. Shells taken from the Detroit River mouth displayed the most enriched delta 13C values. The average concentrations of the heavy metals Fe, Zn, and Mn in the mussel shells were 149 +/- 102, 9 +/- 8, and 14 +/- 7 ppm (n = 15), respectively. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Earth Sciences. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .T43. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0459. Advisers: Ihsam Al-Aasm; Bryan Fryer. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.

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