Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn, together with sand content and loss of ignition, have been determined for surflcial sediments from the Fraser River delta-front and upper foreslope. Both geochemical maps and statistical analysis disclose close relationships between trace-metal concentrations, sediment texture, and Fe and Mn content. Detailed studies of the distribution of labile and non-labile trace metals within sediments indicate that these relationships reflect increased concentrations of trace metals associated with both the detrital minerals and hydrous Fe oxides coatings in the finer fractions of the sediment. Abnormally high concentrations of labile trace metals are found on the tidal flats at two stations influenced by discharge of metal-rich sewage.

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