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Selected chlorobornanes, polychlorinated naphthalenes and brominated flame retardants in Bjørnøya (Bear Island) freshwater biota.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15862396     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Levels of selected sparsely investigated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been measured in organisms from two Arctic lakes on Bjørnøya (Bear Island). Elevated levels of chlorobornanes (CHBs) (up to 46.7 ng/g wet weight=ww), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) (up to 27.2 ng/g ww), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) (up to 1.1 ng/g ww) and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs, only 4 congeners) (up to 62.7 pg/g ww), were measured in biota from Lake Ellasjøen. In Lake Øyangen, located only 5 km north of Ellasjøen, levels of these contaminants were significantly lower. delta(15)N-values were 7-10 per thousand higher in organisms from Ellasjøen as compared to Øyangen. This is attributed to biological inputs related to seabird activities. The present study illustrates that contaminants such as CHBs, brominated flame retardants and PCNs accumulate in the Ellasjøen food web in a manner similar to PCBs and conventional organochlorine pesticides. Transport mechanisms that control PCB and DDT distributions, i.e. atmospheric long-range transport and biotransport by seabirds, are also relevant for the contaminants investigated in the present study.
Anita Evenset; Guttorm N Christensen; Roland Kallenborn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  136     ISSN:  0269-7491     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Pollut.     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-05-02     Completed Date:  2005-09-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  419-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Akvaplan-niva, Polar Environmental Centre, N-9296 Tromsø, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Arctic Regions
Birds / metabolism
Environmental Monitoring / methods*
Flame Retardants / analysis*
Food Chain*
Fresh Water
Polybrominated Biphenyls / analysis*
Polychlorinated Biphenyls / analysis*
Trout / metabolism
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*
Zooplankton / metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Flame Retardants; 0/Polybrominated Biphenyls; 0/Polychlorinated Biphenyls; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical

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