DISAPPEARANCE OF AROMATIC AND ALIPHATIC COMPONENTS FROM SMALL SEA SURFACE SLICKS

Experimental data are presented for the weathering of five small (1.04 m3) ocean spills of South Louisiana crude oil. The oil was spiked with cumene and the concentration of cumene and several alkanes were measured for up to 5 hours after the spill. Camparison of the rates of loss of cumene and n-nonane, which have similar volatilities but different solubilities, is made in an attempt to quantify the relative rates of evaporation and dissolution. An approximate model of the evaporation-dissolution process is derived which suggests cumene is lost principally by evaporation. The effects of whitecapping and the existence of different weathering rates in the same spill are described. (Author)

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    American Chemical Society

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  • Authors:
    • Harrison, W
    • Winnik, M A
    • Kwong, PTY
    • Mackey, D
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

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  • Accession Number: 00098243
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM