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Book Chapter

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Editors

L. Eugene Cronin

Publication Date

1983

Book Title

Ten Critical Questions For Chesapeake Bay In Research And Related Matters

Publisher

Chesapeake Research Consortium

Series

CRC Publication No. 113

Abstract

Escape of more than two million tons of sediment., 4,000 tons of man-made chemicals (e.g. Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn) and more than 300 types of synthetic organic compounds annually into the Bay, shoals shipping channels, reduces water quality and threatens biota. Where then do these enormous loads go? Are they mainly flushed into the sea or stored on the Bay floor? And what happens to chemicals attached to the sediments as they pass through different chemical regimes of the Bay? These are important questions facing scientists who aim to understand the cycling of sedimentary materials and to predict the fate of attached chemicals. These are also significant questions facing managers Concerned with causative agents, regional attributes of receiving waters as well as locating disposal sites.

How Do Sediments Enter The Bay, Move Through The System, Remove And Store Chemicals, Or Release Them?

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