THE FATE OF A BUNKER FUEL IN BEACH SAND

The dispersed oil concentrations in sand from three San Francisco area beaches have been measured over a 143 day period following an 840,000 gallon bunker fuel spill in San Francisco Bay. The dispersed oil remaining within the beaches after cleanup was extensively weathered while visible oil globules exhibited only minor weathering. Laboratory experiments indicated that in a beach system evaporation, dissolution, and microbial degradation combine to remove the lower molecular weight fractions of bunker fuel. A major effect of the beach is to disperse the oil. (Author Modified Abstract)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also available in Proceedings of Conference on Prevention and Control of Oil Spills, 1973, pp 827-834. See also report AD-758740.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Naval Biomedical Research Laboratory
    Berkeley, CA  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Guard, H E
    • Cobet, A B
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00047609
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-69A-0200-1001
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1973 12:00AM