Pollution of sediments

Other Names:
Contamination of sediments by toxic substances

Many metals and organic substances have an affinity for organic matter or mineral particles. Sediments thus provide a suitable medium for the accumulation of contaminants from aqueous sources and atmospheric deposition. The contaminant level is often higher than in the overlying body of water.

Broader Problems:
Land pollution
Marine pollution
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST