Flocculation of heavy metals during mixing of freshwater with Caspian Sea water

Environmental Geology

Volume 8 - Number

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Flocculation of colloidal size fraction for Cu, Zn, Pb, Ni and Mn was investigated on a series of mixtures with water salinities ranging from 1.5 to 9.5 parts per thousand during mixing of Haraz River with the Caspian Sea water. The flocculation trend of Zn (85.5%) > Mn (55.2%) > Cu (39.6%) > Pb (33.7%) > Ni (11.3%) indicates that Cu, Zn, Pb and Mn have non-conservative behavior and Ni has relatively conservative behavior during estuarine mixing. Highest flocculation of heavy metals occurs between salinities of 1.5 and 4.5 parts per thousand. Statistical analysis indicates that the flocculation of Cu, Zn and Ni is governed by pH and total nitrogen.