Accession Number:

ADA038831

Title:

Field Study of Carbon Monoxide and Light Hydrocarbon Production Related to Natural Biological Processes.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Report Date:

1977-04-07

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

Several field experiments were conducted to determine whether a correlation exists between marine biological standing stocks and the production of carbon monoxide and light hydrocarbons. Earlier laboratory experiments using bacteria-free cultures definitely established a relation between biological organisms and gas production. A filed sampling program was established at Miami, Fla., and two sites were selected, one in the Gulf Stream and the other near shore. Several samples were obtained over a period beginning in February 1972 and ending in June 1972. There appears to be a direct correlation between several of the parameters, notably total algal population, chlorophyll a, and primary productivity, all of which relate to carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon gas production. The correlation is very evident for the near-shore station and less pronounced in the Gulf Stream, where biological productivity is considerably lower. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Biological Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE