Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society
Print version ISSN 0103-5053
PARAQUETTI, Heloisa H. M. et al. Mercury speciation changes in waters of the sepetiba Bay, SE Brazil during tidal events and different seasons. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2007, vol.18, n.6, pp. 1259-1269. ISSN 0103-5053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-50532007000600023.
This work describes changes in Hg speciation in water along the transport from Sepetiba Bay, SE Brazil, to the adjacent continental platform during tide events and in different seasons. The chemical evaluation of Sepetiba Bay waters showed that the bay exports suspended particulate material (SPM) impoverish in organic carbon to adjacent continental platform areas, mainly during the wet season and imports SPM enriched in organic carbon from the ocean, probably of phytoplanktonic origin, during the dry season. The chemical speciation of Hg during the study period showed that Hg0 production can be controlled by primary productivity and that the bay acts as a producer and exporter of organic species of Hg to adjacent areas, since the highest non-reactive Hg concentrations were observed during the ebb tide. No significant correlations were found between non-reactive Hg and dissolved or particulate organic matter concentrations. In general the particulate Hg, non-reactive Hg and reactive Hg fractions represents 55%, 35.5% and 9.5% of the total Hg content in Sepetiba Bay waters, respectively.
Keywords : mercury speciation; coastal area; organic carbon; Sepetiba Bay.