THE AMOCO CADIZ OIL SPILL. A SUMMARY OF OBSERVATIONS MADE BY U.S. SCIENTISTS 23 MARCH-10 MAY, 1978

The observations made by a team of U.S. scientists 2 mo after the grounding of the Amoco Cadiz are abstracted from a NOAA-EPA preliminary scientific report (Hess, 1978). Oceanographic, meteorologic, and geomorphic coastal processes affecting the dispersal of the oil are detailed. Clean-up activities primarily involved pumping the thick layers of mousse directly from the water surface with mechanical equipment. Problems arose from the presence of large amounts of seaweed in the mousse and entrapment of oil in crevices and pools. Booms and large skimmers failed to some degree due to fast currents and high tidal amplitudes. About 20,000-25,000 T of oil were removed 2 mo after the spill. GC and UV analysis of mousse, sediments, and water taken from affected locations identified normal, isoprenoid, branched and cyclic hydrocarbons in the C sub 10- sub 30 range. No authentic sample of Amoco Cadiz cargo oil was obtained for calibration. The loss of volatile components was evident in the alkane and aromatic fractions from samples 2 km from the wreck site. Aromatics in the range of C sub 4-substituted benzenes to C sub3-substituted naphthalenes were progressively lost.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
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  • Authors:
    • Wolfe, D A
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

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  • Accession Number: 00196212
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM