SOME AIR AND WATER POLLUTION INDICATORS IN AND AROUND THE LAKE ABANT, TURKEY

Some air and water pollution indicators in and around the Lake Abant, Turkey

Mesut Doğan, Bayram Kızılkaya

Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Geography, Istanbul, TURKEY
Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Science and Technology Application and Research Center-Central Laboratory, Çanakkale, TURKEY

Abstract

In this paper was discussed some implications of landuse induced pollution around Lake Abant, Turkey, on the 00000 basis of field observations and some analytical data. The extent of air and water pollution was considered using inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and ion chromatography analyses. The ICP-AES results obtained from lichen Xanthoria parietina implied the existence of heavy metal accumulation (Fe>Al>Mn>Ba>Zn>Pb>Ni>Cu>Cr>B>Co>Cd), caused possibly by traffic load in the study area. Lake waters seem to reach to a considerable extent. Howbeit, air and water pollution form a potential risk for the lake environment in case human load by recreation and tourism activities continue. Thus, pollution-prevention precautions should be taken for sustainable use of the lake.

Keywords: Pollution, landuse, heavy metal concentration, ICP-AES, ion chromatography, Lake Abant (Turkey)

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