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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 3)
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Seasonal Investigations into the Level of Toxic Elements in Marine Organisms (Fish and Mollusk) along the Coast of Ghana Using Neutron Activation Analysis

L.A. Sarsah, Y. Serfor- Armah, A.A. Golow and J.R. Fianko
Corresponding Author:  Lawrence Akono Sarsah 

Key words:  Ghana, INAA, marine organisms, toxic elements, pollution, ,
Vol. 3 , (3): 286-292
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2011 January, 12 2011 February, 22 2011 April, 05
Abstract:

Seasonal investigation was conducted into the occurrence and extent of potentially toxic heavy metals along the coast of Ghana using marine organisms as bioindicators of pollution. The marine organisms sampled were analysed using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis coupled with conventional counting system. All the four samples (Dentex macrophthalmus, Sardinella maderensis, Engraulis encrasicolus and Cymbium cymbium) recorded detectable levels of potentially toxic elements which fluctuates between <0.07mg/kg Cd and 699 mg/kg Al. Cymbium cymbium recorded the highest level of (As, Co, Cu, Zn) whiles Engraulis encrasicolus accumulated appreciable amount of V. Al was the most abundant of all the elements. The coast of Ghana was found to be mildly polluted with respect to the elements Al, As, Cd, Co, Cu, Cr, Ni, Hg, V and Zn.
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L.A. Sarsah, Y. Serfor- Armah, A.A. Golow and J.R. Fianko, 2011. Seasonal Investigations into the Level of Toxic Elements in Marine Organisms (Fish and Mollusk) along the Coast of Ghana Using Neutron Activation Analysis.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 3(3): 286-292.
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