Sediments in many locations, including harbors and coastal areas, can become
contaminated and polluted, for example, from anthropogenic inputs,
shipping, human activities, and poor waste management. Sampling followed
by laboratory analysis has been the traditional methodology for such analysis.
In order to develop rapid methodologies for eld analysis of sediment
samples, especially for metals analyses, we look to Laser Induced Breakdown
Spectroscopy as an option. Here through laboratory experiments, we demonstrate
that dry sand samples can be rapidly analyzed for the detection of the
heavy metals chromium, zinc, lead, and copper. We also demonstrate that
cadmium and nickel are detectable in sand matrices at high concentrations.