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Study of pollution of the Plitvice Lakes by water and sediment analyses

Horvatinčić, Nada; Brianso, Jose Luis; Obelić, Bogomil; Barešić, Jadranka; Krajcar Bronić, Ines
Study of pollution of the Plitvice Lakes by water and sediment analyses // The interactions between sediments and water / Kronvang, Brian ; Faganeli, Jadran ; Ogrinc, Nives (ur.).
Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2006. str. 111-121

Study of pollution of the Plitvice Lakes by water and sediment analyses

Horvatinčić, Nada ; Brianso, Jose Luis ; Obelić, Bogomil ; Barešić, Jadranka ; Krajcar Bronić, Ines

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Poglavlja u knjigama, znanstveni

The interactions between sediments and water

Kronvang, Brian ; Faganeli, Jadran ; Ogrinc, Nives


Dordrecht, The Netherlands


Raspon stranica


Ključne riječi
Plitvice Lakes, lake sediment, trace elements, water pollution, eutrophication

The process of eutrophication in form of intense plant growth has been observed in some lakes and water streams at the Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia. Here we investigate whether this phenomenon is a consequence of anthropogenic pollution or due to naturally produced organic matter in the lakes. We applied chemical analysis of water at two springs and four lakes (nutrients, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), trace elements) and measurements of surface lake sediments (mineral and organic fraction analyses, trace elements) in four different lakes/five sites. The chemical composition of water does not indicate recent anthropogenic pollution of water because the concentrations of most trace elements are below detection limits. The concentrations of DOC and nutrients are slightly higher in the area of increased eutrophication-plant growth. Also the content of organic matter in the sediment is at the highest level in areas with highest C/N ratio indicating that the organic fraction of this sediment is mainly of terrestrial origin. There is no significant difference among the trace element concentration in the upper segment of all cores, deposited approximately during last 50 years when higher anthropogenic influence is expected due to development and touristic activity, and the lower part of the cores, corresponding to the period approximately 100– 200 years before present. The content of trace elements and organic matter in sediments decreases from the uppermost lake downstream. According to our results there is no indication of recent anthropogenic pollution in water and sediment. Higher concentrations of DOC in water as well as phosphorus and some other elements in the lake sediment can be a consequence of input of natural organic matter to the lake water.

Izvorni jezik

Znanstvena područja
Fizika, Geologija


Projekt / tema

Institut "Ruđer Bošković", Zagreb