Accession Number : AD0772698

Title :   Microbial Degradation of Petroleum in Continental Shelf Sediments.

Descriptive Note : Special rept.,

Corporate Author : COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER N H

Personal Author(s) : Hunt,Patrick G. ; Koutz,Fleetwood R. ; Murrmann,Richard P. ; Martin,Thomas G.

Report Date : DEC 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The report presents a preliminary evaluation of the microbial degradation of oil deposited for disposal purposes in sediments of the U.S. Continental Shelf region. The evaluation did not include consideration of factors such as toxic or cumulative biological effects of petroleum but rather was limited to determination of whether microbial decomposition of petroleum occurs. This question was first addressed by considering the pertinent characteristics of the environment and processes in the sediments, and the relevant aspects of the microbial decomposition of oil. Petroleum degradation was then verified by a laboratory experiment simulating conditions in sediments of the U.S. Continental Shelf.

Descriptors :   *Oils, *Biodeterioration, *Ocean bottom, Continental shelves, Test methods, Sediments

Subject Categories : Biological Oceanography
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE