DISTRIBUTION OF ORGANIC CARBON, PHOSPHORUS AND NITROGEN IN THE SEDIMENTS OF MANAKUDY ESTUARY

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A. Jeena Pearl

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Organic Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Sediment, Estuary

Abstract

Estuary is a transition zone between land and sea as well as freshwater and salt water. In the estuary, the water carrying agricultural, industrial and domestic wastes are deposited as sediment. Distribution of organic carbon, total phosphorus and total nitrogen in the sediments of Manakudy estuary has been studied. Based on their nature, five stations have been earmarked for sampling. The C/N ratio of these sediments is very high compared to the sediments from Mandovi estuary goa.
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