Spatial distribution and temporal trends of persistent organochlorine pollutants in sediments from Lake Maryut, Alexandria, Egypt. Academic Article uri icon


  • Organochlorine compounds (OCs) in surface and core sediments collected from Lake Maryut, Egypt, were examined to elucidate their distribution, ecological risk and historical trend. To our knowledge, this is the first study on residue levels of OCs in sediments from Lake Maryut. Concentrations of PCBs and DDTs were higher than other OCs, ranging from 3.06 to 388 and from 0.07 to 106 ng/g dry wt., respectively. The highest concentrations of OCs were found at stations near the discharge point of sewage and close to industrial areas. The distribution of DDT and its metabolites suggest no recent inputs into the lake environment. Contamination levels of sedimentary PCBs and DDTs, can be categorized moderate to high compared to other urbanized regions worldwide. Temporal trends in OCs levels were influenced by input pathways at two sites. Evaluation of ecotoxicological risks suggests that adverse biological effects are expected mainly in the main basin area.

published proceedings

  • Mar Pollut Bull

author list (cited authors)

  • Barakat, A. O., Mostafa, A., Wade, T. L., Sweet, S. T., & El Sayed, N. B.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • Barakat, Assem O||Mostafa, Alaa||Wade, Terry L||Sweet, Stephen T||El Sayed, Nadia B

publication date

  • February 2012