LONG-TERM FATE OF A HEAVY FUEL OIL IN A SPILL-CONTAMINATED B.C.
The fate of accidently spilled No. 5 fuel oil in a small coastal bay was observed 6 times during 4 yr. The oil's composition was first changed by loss of the lower molecular weight components by evaporation and dissolution. Biodegradation accounted for almost complete removal of n-alkanes in the 1st yr. Pristance and phytane were biodegraded more slowly, but were almost completely gone in 4 yr. The non-n-alkane components in the nC sub 28-36 range seem to be the most resistant to degradation of all the comonents resolved in the gas chromatograms. The resistance to degradation of these components indicates their potential for long-term studies of oil spills.
- Symposium on Recovery Potential of Oiled Marine Northern Environments, Halifax, N.S., Canada, October 10-14, 1977.
Department of Fisheries and the EnvironmentFisheries and Marine Service, 116 Lisgar
Ottawa, ONo K1A OH3, Canada
- Cretney, W J
- Wong, C S
- GREEN, D R
- Publication Date: 1978-5
- Features: References;
- Pagination: p. 521-527
- Canada. Fisheries Research Board, Journal
- Volume: 35
- Issue Number: 5
- Publisher: Department of Fisheries and the Environment
- TRT Terms: Biodeterioration; Deterioration; Evaporation; Fuel oils; Heavy oils; Impacts; Oil spills; Oils
- Old TRIS Terms: Oil degradation; Oil evaporation; Oil spill behavior; Oil spill impact
- Subject Areas: Environment; Marine Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00193566
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Data Courier, Incorporated
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM