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Greener Journal of  Environmental Management and Public Safety Vol. 5 (5), pp. 100-103, December 2016.  

ISSN: 2354-2276 © 2011-2016 Greener Journals

Research Articles

Manuscript Number: 121616214


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJEMPS.2016.5.121616214)

 

Spatial Variation in Physico-chemical Characteristics of Sediment from Epie Creek, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

 

Enetimi Idah Seiyaboh, Iniobong Reuben Inyang and

Sylvester Chibueze Izah*

 

Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria


Abstract


This study assessed the spatial variation in physico-chemical properties of sediment along Epie creek, Niger Delta, Nigeria. Samples of the sediment were collected in triplicates from 5 different location along Epie creek using sediment grab. The samples were processed and analyzed using standard analytical methodology. Results revealed that the characteristics  of the creek ranged from 6.67 – 6.77 (pH), 435.17 – 1189.50 µhmoscm-1 (conductivity), 0.39 – 1.05mg/kg (nitrite), 2.87 – 7.59 mg/kg (nitrate), 1.06 – 3.81 mg/kg (sulphate), 0.09 – 0.42 mg/kg (phosphate), 3.92 – 6.88 mg/kg (calcium), 2.46-4.82 mg/kg (magnesium), 2.18 – 4.82 mg/kg (sodium), 1.59 – 3.34 mg//kg (potassium), 2.64 – 9.20 % (total nitrogen), 8.48-22.54% (total organic carbon), total hydrocarbon level (1.20 – 4.68mg/kg). Analysis of variance indicates that there is significance difference (P<0.05) among the various location for each of the parameters analyzed apart from pH. Spatial variation suggests the influences of anthropogenic activities and wastes (from market and municipal) on the sediment and water quality.

 

Keywords: Bayelsa state, Epie Creek, Sediment quality

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