Accession Number:

AD0787718

Title:

A Quantitative Survey of Oils and Tars Stranded on Galveston Island Beaches.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

TEXAS A AND M UNIV GALVESTON CENTER FOR MARINE RESOURCES

Report Date:

1974-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

87.0

Abstract:

Strandings of oil and tar on Galveston Island beaches were assessed for 1 year. Most materials collected were tars or tar-like residues that appeared to be highly weathered. There did not appear to be a consistent relationship between oil accumulation and wind speed and direction. Efforts to correlate oil deposition with shipping traffic were unsuccessful. Representative oil tar samples were analyzed periodically by a gas chromatography for hydrocarbons, b atomic absorption spectrophotometry for nickel, vanadium, chromium and cobalt, c carbon 1213 ratios, and d X-ray diffraction analysis for minerals. Most of the samples analyzed appear to be the result of mans activities. Modified author abstract

Subject Categories:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE