Metals concentration in water and sediment of Bebar peat swampy forest river, Malaysia

M. Shuhaimi-Othman, Ahmad Abas Kutty, E. C. Lim

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Abstract

A study was conducted in Bebar River, Pahang, a peat swamp river in 2005 to determine metals concentration in the water and sediment and some physical-chemical parameters. Eleven sampling stations were selected along the river. Water quality parameters were recorded at each station using a Hydrolab® Surveyor 4a system. Water and sediment samples were brought back to laboratory for metals analysis. Results show that the physical-chemical parameters of water in Bebar River were in normal range/class I (good) according to Malaysian Interim Water Quality Standard (INWQS) except for pH (class III - moderate) and dissolved oxygen in the water (class IV-V - bad). However, low values of these parameters are normal for peat water (blackwater). Metals concentration (dissolved metal) in the water (Cu, Cd, Pb, Cr and Ni) was in the range of natural concentrations. Zinc, Fe and Mn concentration were higher than recommended concentrations at some stations. Cadmium, Pb, Zn and Ni concentrations in sediment were low and in the range of natural concentrations while Cu and Cr was high at some stations. Correlation analysis show that only Cu and Cr have significant positive correlation (p<0.05) between metal concentration in the sediment and water. The importance of this sensitive ecosystem is discussed further in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-737
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Sciences
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Rivers
Soil
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Water Quality
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Wetlands
Forests
Cadmium
Ecosystem
Zinc
Oxygen

Keywords

  • Bebar River
  • Metal
  • Peat swamp forest
  • Sediment
  • Water

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  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Medicine

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Metals concentration in water and sediment of Bebar peat swampy forest river, Malaysia. / Shuhaimi-Othman, M.; Abas Kutty, Ahmad; Lim, E. C.

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