Accession Number : ADA324573

Title :   An Investigation of Amoebae from an Organically-Contaminated Aquifer at Cape Cod, Mass, USA.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Apr-Sep 94,

Corporate Author : NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM) DEPT OF ZOOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Warren, Alan

PDF Url : ADA324573

Report Date : SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : Eukaryotic microbes (protists) are now thought to be widespread in subsurface environments and evidence is accumulating that they play an important role in the biodegradation of organic contaminants in polluted aquifers. The most commonly isolated protists are flagellates and amoebae. In previous investigations, populations of subsurface protists have been analyzed using culture and enumeration techniques designed for a broad range of organisms. No studies have been made using techniques designed specially for amoebae. Since 1990, the Natural History Museum (in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire and the US Geological Survey) has studied the role of protists in an aquifer contaminated by treated sewage from the Otis Air Base at Cape Cod, Mass. Investigations to date have centered mainly on flagellates.

Descriptors :   *WATER POLLUTION, *ORGANIC MATERIALS, *CONTAMINANTS, *AQUATIC ORGANISMS, *PROTOZOA, *AMOEBA, MILITARY FACILITIES, ENVIRONMENTS, COUNTING METHODS, POPULATION, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, AQUIFERS, UNIVERSITIES, GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS, BIODEGRADATION, AIRPORTS, SUBSURFACE, FISHES, NATURAL HISTORY, AQUATIC BIOLOGY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, MUSEUMS, DINOFLAGELLATA.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Biological Oceanography
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE