Dispersal Pathways for Particle-Associated Pollutants

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Science  02 Aug 1985:
Vol. 229, Issue 4712, pp. 431-435
DOI: 10.1126/science.229.4712.431


Particle-associated pollutants (totaling 107 metric tons per year) are introduced into the New York Bight by ocean dumping, estuarine discharge, sewage outfalls, eolian transport, and shipping waste and spillage. Oceanic and estuarine circulation processes dilute and transport the particles by a natural dispersal system that also tends to be highly distributive; particle-associated pollutants apparently seek the same sinks in the Hudson River shelf valley and intracoastal weltlands, regardless of their point of introduction.