FATE AND EFFECTS OF OIL POLLUTANTS IN EXTREMELY COLD MARINE ENVIRONMENTS. OCTOBER, 1973

The discovery and plans for utilization of Alaska's north slope petroleum fields has raised the question of what effects any accidental spillages would have on the indigenous biological populations and what the fate of the oil itself would be. This present study was undertaken to determine the interactions of microorganisms and crude oil in Alaskan coastal waters, including any toxic effects of petroleum, especially Prudhoe crude, on microbial populations; to determine the natural rates of petroleum degradation in Port Valdez and Prudhoe Bay and the factors that limit these degradative processes; and to explore methods for overcoming these limitations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Institute of Technology

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Pasadena, CA  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Atlas, R M
  • Publication Date: 1973-10-1

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00050707
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Office of Naval Research
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: NAS7-100
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 1974 12:00AM