FATE AND EFFECTS OF OIL POLLUTANTS IN EXTREMELY COLD MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

Petroleum degradation was studied using Prudhoe Bay crude oil incubated in situ in several Arctic ecosystems. Studies were conducted in water, ice and sediment ecosystems. No biodegradation of oil was found when oil was allowed to freeze into the ice matrix. When oil was spilled under ice evaporative losses were greatly restricted and biodegradation rates were very low. In sediment, biodegradative changes in the oil were found within a few days of spillage. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Office of Naval Research

    Department of the Navy, 800 North Quincy Street
    Arlington, VA  United States  22217
  • Authors:
    • Atlas, R M
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 52 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195793
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Arctic Science and Technology Information System
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Annual Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM