Tests indicate that crude oil (60 deg F) poured onto ice and snow in the arctic under summer and winter conditions spreads to a minimum thickness of 0.5 centimeters. On snow and ice the oil flows downslope pooling in depressions. Oil penetrates summer ice. Virtually no oil penetration occurs on winter snow and ice; the temperature difference between the oil and the snow or ice causes an immediate melting and refreezing at the interface. The spread of oil under ice flows is restricted by the depressions and roughness of the bottom face of the ice.

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    Marine Technology Society

    5565 Sterrett Place, Suite 108
    Columbia, MD  United States  21044
  • Authors:
    • Golden, P C
  • Publication Date: 1974-1

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  • Accession Number: 00054958
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Technology Society
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1974 12:00AM