International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 5 2013- March 2013    Pages: 1562-1568<<Previous    Next>>

Nutrient dynamics in the sediments of Kerala coast

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Manju P. Nair, Sujatha C. H
Department of Chemical Oceanography, School of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi-16, Kerala, India

ABSTRACT

Kerala is one of the smallest states in India which is situated in the south west coast of the country. Sediment samples from four prominent areas of Kerala Coast were collected and analyzed for nutrients.  Variation of nutrients was highlighted according to the distributional characteristics of the designated sites. Nutrient trend in Cape, Trivandrum, Kollam was in the order as Ammonia > Nitrite >Nitrate, where as Cochin showed the trend as Ammonia > Nitrate > Nitrite. Greater concentration of ammonia in the entire sediments showed the ammonification of nitrogen compounds.

Key words: Kerala Coast, nutrient, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate.

DOI:10.6088/ijes.2013030500026

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