Accession Number : ADA302216

Title :   Using Stable Isotopes of Carbon to Monitor Biodegradation of Pollutant Compounds,

Corporate Author : NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING SERVICE CENTER PORT HUENEME CA

Personal Author(s) : Heath, Jeff

PDF Url : ADA302216

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : The rate at which microorganisms breakdown petroleum contaminants in soil and water can be measured by analyzing their waste product, carbon dioxide (CO2). The ability to measure the actual biological breakdown of contaminants can be quantified by analyzing the differences in the ratio between the different carbon molecules isotopes 12C and 13C, which make up petroleum contaminants and released carbon dioxide.

Descriptors :   *CARBON, *CONTAMINANTS, *POLLUTANTS, *BIODEGRADATION, *STABLE ISOTOPES, MEASUREMENT, RATIOS, WATER, WASTES, CARBON DIOXIDE, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, MICROORGANISMS.

Subject Categories : Biochemistry
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE