LAS pollution of the Sea of Marmara, Golden Horn and Istanbul Strait (Bosphorus) during 2004-2007

Kasım Cemal Güven, Burak Coban

Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV), 34820, Beykoz, Istanbul, TURKEY
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Letters, Bulent Ecevit University, 67100, Zonguldak, TURKEY


In this study, LAS pollution of Sea of Marmara, Golden Horn and Istanbul Strait (Bosphorus) was reported for different depths including the surface and the deep during 2004-2007. Highest LAS pollution for the years were: 243.99 in January 2004 in the Sea of Marmara, 204.86 in Golden Horn in February 2005, 271.40 in January 2006 and 164.64 in February 2007 (µg/l). As a result of this study, it is shown that, waste water discharged into the deep water of Sea of Marmara (Mediterranean Sea water) cannot totally reach to the Black Sea. This problem must be solved. In our opinion the wastewater of Istanbul City should be collected to one station and discharged directly into the deep waters of the Black Sea.

Keywords: LAS, Istanbul Strait, Golden Horn, Sea of Marmara

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