Accession Number : AD0769895

Title :   Fate and Effects of Oil Pollutants in Extremely Cold Marine Environments.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May-Oct 73,


Personal Author(s) : Atlas,Ronald M.

Report Date : 01 NOV 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : The discovery and plans for the use of Alaska's north slope petroleum fields has raised the question of what effects any accidental spillages would have on the indigenous biological populations and what the fate of the oil itself would be. Therefore, field studies were carried out to assess the interactions of microorganisms and Prudhoe crude oil in Alaskan coastal waters. The main study site was located at Prudhoe Bay in Arctic Alaska. Some work was done at Valdez, the proposed southern terminus for the trans-Alaskan pipeline. Other experiments were conducted at Umiat and Cape Simpson where there are large natural oil seepages. (Modified author abstract) Portions of this document are not fully legible.

Descriptors :   (*Water pollution, Oils), (*Arctic regions, Oils), (*Oils, *Biodeterioration), Alaska, Microorganisms

Subject Categories : Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE