Holothurians – potential biomonitors for metal levels in deep-sea sediments

David Roberts, Heather Moore, D.T. Burns

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Levels of cadmium, copper, aluminium, iron, manganese and zinc (Cd, Cu, Al, Fe, Mn and Zn) in deep-sea sediments and sediment-feeding holothurians are reported. Profiles of metals were found to vary with depth in the sediment. Holothurian foregut metal values are generally closer to surficial sediment levels, whereas body wall levels, with the exception of Cd and Cu, were generally lower. Holothurians are presented as potential biomonitors of metal concentrations in the deep-sea floor environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-655
Number of pages4
JournalFresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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