Enrichment of heavy metals and organic compounds in the surface microlayer of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Academic Article uri icon


  • Concentrations of lead, iron, nickel, copper, fatty acids, hydrocarbons, and chlorinated hydrocarbons are enriched from 1.5 to 50 times in the top 100 to 150 micrometers of Narragansett Bay water relative to the bulk water 20 centimeters below the surface. Trace metal enrichment was observed in the particulate and organic fractions but not in the inorganic fraction. If these substances are concentrated in films only a few molecular layers thick on the water surface, the actual enrichment factor in the films may be well over 10(4), resulting in extremely high localized pollutant concentrations in the surface microlayer.

published proceedings

  • Science

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Duce, R. A., Quinn, J. G., Olney, C. E., Piotrowicz, S. R., Ray, B. J., & Wade, T. L.

citation count

  • 204

complete list of authors

  • Duce, RA||Quinn, JG||Olney, CE||Piotrowicz, SR||Ray, BJ||Wade, TL

publication date

  • April 1972