Trace Organic Contaminants in Sediments from Deep-sea Basin near Dokdo, Korea

  • Yim, Un-Hyuk (Ecosystem and Environment Research Laboratory, KORDI) ;
  • Oh, Jae-Ryoung (Ecosystem and Environment Research Laboratory, KORDI) ;
  • Hong, Sang-Hee (Ecosystem and Environment Research Laboratory, KORDI) ;
  • Li, Dong-Hao (Ecosystem and Environment Research Laboratory, KORDI) ;
  • Shim, Won-Joon (Ecosystem and Environment Research Laboratory, KORDI) ;
  • Choi, Hye-Kyung (Ecosystem and Environment Research Laboratory, KORDI) ;
  • Kim, Eun-Soo (Ecosystem and Environment Research Laboratory, KORDI) ;
  • Shim, Jae-Hyung (School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University)
  • Published : 2002.12.31


Trace organic contaminants in deep-sea sediments near Dokdo were analyzed. Total PAMs concentration ranged 14.8-314 ng/g dry weight and high molecular weight PAHs were dominant. The highest PAHs concentration was detected at A19 which located at Ulleung Basin. Most of organochlorines were under detection limit. Among the detected organochlorines, DDT compounds were dominant and followed by HCHs and HCB. Butyltin compounds and most of organophosphorus pesticides were not detected. Vertical distribution of PAHs showed typical sub-surface maximum and decreasing trends depending on depth. The highest PAHs concentration reached 454ng/g. Some organochlorines, DDT, HCH was detected and also showed decreasing trends. Other target organic pollutants were not detected in core sediments. Abnormally high level of PAHs concentration in A19 was discussed and the input sources were inferred to be the transport of sludge derived pollutant dumped at dumping site 'Byung' by deep current.


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