Criteria for marine pollution control must take into account the physical, chemical, and biological condition, uses, and diluting capacity of receiving waters. Fundamental differences between freshwater and marine situations must be considered. While coastal waters and, to a more limited extent, estuaries have a considerable capacity for absorbing pollutants without detriment to the environment, the capacity varies with circumstances. Consideration should be given to the interaction between effluents from different outfalls and inputs from the sources such as rivers, adjacent marine areas, and the atmosphere. Pollutants entering the sea dissolved or suspended in fresh water are subject to considerable alterations and may change their nature entirely, become locked away in the sediments of the inner estuary, interact with other pollutants and become harmless, or 2 or more relatively harmless compounds may combine to become toxic. Because the possiblities are endless, monitoring waters and biota is an immense task. The qualifications for survey personnel are discussed. The survey vessel needed for marine pollution survey work is described in detail.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Thunderbird Enterprises Limited

    102 College Road
    Harrow, Middlesex,   England 
  • Authors:
    • MacKay, D W
  • Publication Date: 1976-10

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  • Accession Number: 00157250
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1977 12:00AM