Hopkins Marine Station Student Paper

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Title: Trace metal concentrations in the sand crab Emerita analoga (Stimpson), its eggs, and the sand it inhabits from the Monterey Bay area
Student Author(s): Fitz, J. D.
Faculty Advisor(s): Lee, Welton
Pages: 36
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1971
Keywords: marine pollution
Abstract: A survey was made of the concentrations of Ag, Cd, Cr, Cu, Mn, and Zn found in the sand crab, Emerita analoga, and the sand it inhabits from various points in the Monterey Bay area of California. Geographical differences in concentrations were documented and correlations between thes concentration patterns and possible point sources of contaminant input associated with domestic, industrial, and agricultural effluents were drawn. In addition, the effect of local current patterns in the concentration of various heavy metal pollutants was suggested by the research. The results suggest the Emerita may be a useful biogeographical marker of trace metal levels in the sandy beach environment.