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Main Title Comparison of Argo Merchant Oil and Sediment Hydrocarbons from Nantucket Shoals.
Author Hoffman, Eva J. ; Quinn, James G. ;
CORP Author Rhode Island Univ., Kingston. Graduate School of Oceanography.;Environmental Research Lab., Narragansett, RI.;National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Rockville, MD. Office of Sea Grant.
Year Published 1981
Report Number EPA-R-802724; EPA/600/J-80-315;
Stock Number PB81-231508
Additional Subjects Water analysis ; Gas chromatography ; Hydrocarbons ; Sediments ; Comparison ; Chemical analysis ; Reprints ; Water pollution detection ; Oil pollution ; Argo Merchant ship
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB81-231508 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 12p
Surface sediment samples collected from the Nantucket Shoals Argo Merchant wreck site area in February, 1977, were analyzed for hydrocarbon content by gas chromatography. Analysis of sediment grab subsections revealed no clear trend of hydrocarbon contamination as a function of depth in sections as deep as 10 cm. The high degree of physical activity on the shoals is probably responsible for the areal patchiness and the inhomogeneous mixing of hydrocarbons with depth in the sediments. Although chemical, physical and biological weathering could be responsible for the observed decrease in hydrocarbon concentrations at the wreck site, turbulent mixing on the shoals probably transported the contaminated sediments out of the area or buried them under clean sand.