Synthetic organic chemicals in the deep Sargasso Sea Academic Article uri icon


  • The flux of chlorinated synthetic organic chemicals to the open ocean is important both to organic geochemistry and for environmental health. We have studied over a 2-yr period the deposition of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlordanes and dieldrin by means of a sediment trap in the Sargasso Sea. We now report that the fluxes of these materials to the deep North Atlantic Ocean were 1.6 μ m-2 yr-1, 0.02 μ m-2 yr -1 and 0.04 μ m-2 yr-1, respectively between 1978 and 1980. © 1986 Nature Publishing Group.

author list (cited authors)

  • Knap, A. H., Binkley, K. S., & Deuser, W. G.

citation count

  • 45

publication date

  • February 1986

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