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Main Title Gas Chromatographic Analyses of Argo Merchant Oil and Sediment Hydrocarbons at the Wreck Site.
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 Grants.
Year Published 1981
Report Number EPA-R-802724 ;EPA-R-805477; EPA/600/J-79-132;
Stock Number PB81-231524
Additional Subjects Water analysis ; Sediments ; Hydrocarbons ; Gas chromatography ; Trace elements ; Chemical analysis ; Water pollution ; Sampling ; Reprints ; Oil pollution ; Water pollution detection ; Argo Merchant ship
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB81-231524 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 7p
Hydrocarbon concentrations were determined in surface sediments in the vicinity of the Argo Merchant wreck site. Of the 4000 sq km area surveyed, contaminated sediments were found in a 10-15 sq km section around the wreck site in February 1977. The contamination was in the form of small tar particles (or oil droplets) inhomogeneously mixed into the sandy sediments by the turbulent shoal tidal currents. Although there was no clear trend of hydrocarbon concentrations as a function of depth, contamination extended at least to 8-13 cm in depth. Stations which were contaminated in February were reoccupied on a cruise in July 1977. Only one station showed any trace of hydrocarbon contamination and this level was significantly lower than found at this site in February.