Hettich EBA 35 Centrifuge Featured in Metal Concentrations Study
The Wetlands Journal published a study entitled “Metals in Fish and Shellfish from Lake Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia” that aimed to measure metal concentrations in sediment and fish and shellfish samples taken from the lake. In the study, the Hettich EBA 35 centrifuge was used for the extraction of pore water in sandy sediments.
Lake Illawarra is located near Wollongong, an area with a heavy industry base. “Airborne pollution from the industry reaches the Lake … and has been the prime mechanism of heavy metal pollution of the lake.”
To test metal concentrations in Lake Illawarra fish and shellfish, samples were taken from sediments in their environment and from their edible flesh. Scientists used the Hettich EBA 35 to centrifuge sandy sediments in Millipore ultrafree-CL filters at 1500 rpm for 15 minutes to obtain pore water.
The results of the study showed that “trace metal concentrations in both fish and shellfish were generally low and represented minimal health risk.” The study recommends that “future studies focus on organic or microbial contamination.”
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