The Analysis of Sediment Samples for Hydrocarbons.
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIV MISSISSIPPI STATE
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This document is a report on the hydrocarbon content of 1380 individual surficial samples obtained from areas in the vicinity of three proposed Deep Water Port DWP Sites in the Gulf of Mexico during six cruises taken between 1975 and 1978. The samples were analyzed using 2 different LC-fluorescent methods, one of which was selective for petrogenic hydrocarbons and one of which detected both petrogenic and biogenic hydrocarbons. Additionally, nutrient chemical analyses and microbiological analyses were performed on sediment obtained during the first two cruises. All data were evaluated statistically and discussed in terms of sources of inputs, effect on season, and significance for formulating an overall monitoring program for the DWP sites. The results of this study suggest that analysis for both petrogenic and biogenic hydrocarbons should be undetaken in order to more accurately reflect the sources of seasonal variation in hydrocarbon levels at sites of interest. A method of displaying the data is illustrated and discussed. It allows rapid comparisons of the hydrocarbon content of sediments from the various stations. Author
- Organic Chemistry
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology