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Quantitative assessment data of PAHs and N-PAHs in core sediments from the Niger Delta, Nigeria

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Article number106484
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/12/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Data in Brief
Volume33
Number of pages11
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date2/11/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) pollution has been the focus of environmental research, mostly due to their mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, teratogenicity and genotoxicity. Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and the nitrogen-containing analogues (N-PAHs) (which tend to accumulate in sediments rather than water) was measured in 2 cm intervals segments from Bonny Estuary, Niger Delta using GC–MS. Data showed that PAHs/N-PAHs levels ranged from 8699 to 22,528 µg/kg and 503–2020 µg/kg, respectively. Furthermore, the data revealed that ƩPAHs level in the estuarine segments was > 45% higher than DPR/EGASPIN intervention limit. This gives insight on PAHs/N-PAHs contamination in the oil rich region.