Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Program

Chemistry

Date of Award

12-2010

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Chu-Ngi Ho

Committee Members

Jeffrey G. Wardeska, Peng Sun

Abstract

The concentrations of heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb, Zn) were measured in water, and fish samples caught from the pond at Fishery Park in Unicoi County, TN. The water samples were collected once a week for 8 weeks. The amounts of metals in the muscle tissues, gill, and liver of the two fish species were measured. This was to determine if any correlation exists between the metal contents in water and those in the fish samples. The concentration ranges for the heavy metals found in the water samples are as follows: Zn 0.04-0.13; Cu, 0.00-0.00; Pb, 0.00-0.59; Cd, 0.0067-0.0071; Fe, 0.208-0.512; and Ni, 0.044-0.270 ppm. The concentration range for the heavy metals found in the fish tissues are as follows: Zn 0.0-0.48; Cu, 0.00-0.00; Pb, 0.00-0.43; Cd, 0.00-99.7; Fe, 25.7-1245.5; and Ni, 0.00-268.5 ppm. There was a strong correlation found between the water and fish tissue samples.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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