Analysis of Explosives in Sea Water and in Ocean Floor Sediment and Fauna
NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD
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Analyses for TNT, RDX, Tetryl and ammonium perchlorate have been made on sea water, sediment and ocean floor fauna samples taken from a munitions dumping area 85 miles west of Cape Flattery, Washington and on similar samples taken 172 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. No explosive contaminants were found in any of the samples examined. New procedures were developed for determining TNT, RDX and Tetryl in ocean floor sediment and fauna employing a combination of thin layer and gas chromatographic techniques. Ammonium perchlorate was measured by its reaction with tetraphenylarsonium chloride which produced an insoluble perchlorate salt.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography