Are the waters in Venice really contaminated?



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    Yes, it has been named a “contaminated site of national interest” (SIN).  The waters and especially the shallower Venice lagoon was sampled and found to have “Grain-size, heavy metal, nutrient, and organic micropollutant concentrations were determined in the surface sediment layers (0-5 and 5-10 cm depths) of 51 sites.” (  Levels of Mercury were also found.  Petroleum hydrocarbon due to fossil fuel combustion and untreated waste as marked by levels of a fecal sterol have also been found.  Then of course there are high levels of petroleum contaminationfrom the heavy activity in the interior canals and around.

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