Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2008, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (3): 319-327.doi: 10.1007/s11442-008-0319-7

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Seasonal and spatial distribution of heavy metals in the Selenga River Delta


  1. 1. Baikal Institute of Natural Management Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Science, Ulan-Ude 670047, Sakhyanova st. 6, Russia|
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China|
    3. Nanjing Institute of Geography &|Limnology, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China
  • Received:2007-08-26 Revised:2008-02-02 Online:2008-09-25 Published:2008-09-25
  • Supported by:

    The Russian Fundamental Investigations Fund RFFI, No.05-05-97279; No.05-05-97267


In order to estimate the present-day pollution levels in the ecosystem of the Se-lenga River Delta and to monitor the changes caused by the discharge of household refuse and industrial wastes, as well as the functioning of the agricultural and stock farming, a comprehensive study of the water and bottom sediments in the main branches of the Selenga River Delta was carried out. This study has determined the concentrations of heavy metals in river water and bottom sediments in its delta.

Key words: heavy metal, seasonal and spatial distribution, Selenga River Delta