ASSOCIATION OF HYDROCARBONS AND MINERAL PARTICLES IN SALINE SOLUTION
The authors report evidence confirming the suggestion that the partial dissolution in seawater of fuel oil hydrocarbons is important in the degradation of this petroleum product in the marine environment. Their experiments show that hydrocarbon solubility affects uptake and retention of fuel oil by marine sediments and that organic matter in sediments reduces the incorporation of fuel oil into the sediment samples investigated. Once incorporated into sediments, lipoid materials such as fuel oil would not be returned quickly to the overlying water. Because the association forces are weak, however, biological activity and dissolution could slowly release these bound compounds. If dissolution were dominant, then the more polar aromatic hydrocarbons would be released more readily. Due to their relatively high toxicity, these petroleum compounds could impose a continuing stress upon marine organisms long after visual evidence of oil pollution had disappeared.
- Revision of report dated 11 Sep 72. Pub. in Nature, v244 n5410 p23-24, 6 Jul 73.
University of Rhode Island, KingstonGraduate School of Oceanography
Kingston, RI United States 02881
- Myers, P A
- Quinn, J G
- Publication Date: 1973-2-26
- Pagination: 7 p.
- TRT Terms: Biodeterioration; Deterioration; Microorganisms; Oils; Water quality management
- Old TRIS Terms: Oil degradation
- Subject Areas: Environment; Marine Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00053928
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: Marine Reprint-6
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM