Title
Penguin colonies as secondary sources of contamination with persistent organic pollutants Penguin colonies as secondary sources of contamination with persistent organic pollutants
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Biology
Pharmacology. Therapy
Source (journal)
Organohalogen compounds
Volume/pages
69(2007) , p. 591-594
ISSN
0338-7208
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Levels of several organohalogenated pollutants, such as p,p-DDE, HCB, CHLs and PCBs, were 10 to 100-fold higher in soil samples collected from penguin colonies than in soil from reference areas. This is likely related to local penguin activity, such as a higher abundance of guano and the presence of bird carcasse. While background contamination of the Antarctic region is mostly explained by the long-range atmospheric transport, this paper suggests that bird populations contribute also substantially to the local redistribution of contaminants.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/1dacc0/6bf2bc28a9a.pdf
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