Accession Number : AD0786632

Title :   Tar Pollution Survey at Golden Beach, Florida.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Curtis,M. ; Saner,W.

Report Date : MAY 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : A beach area on the southeast Florida coast was systematically sampled in order to measure ambient levels of coastal tar pollution, to evaluate the effect of sampling zones of varying sizes, and to determine the effect of tar buildup on the beach with time. In addition, the effect of wind on tar deposition was also determined. Results demonstrate that a sampling zone as small as 20 feet in length produced tar loading data as reliable as a zone 160 feet in length. There was a proportionately heavier deposition of tar on the most northerly situated zones whenever the wind blew from either east or west. This disproportionate tar deposition was not effected, however, until 24 hours later. A southerly wind, on the other hand, caused no disproportionate tar stranding. Most tar came ashore whenever the wind blew from the northeast during the 24-hour periods prior to sampling. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Water pollution, *Tar, *Oil pollution, Wind, Surveys, Organic materials, Florida, Beaches, Tables(Data), Periodic variations

Subject Categories : Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE