Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorBurns, Kathryn A.
dc.contributor.authorTeal, John M.
dc.coverage.spatialBuzzards Bay, MA
dc.coverage.spatialWest Falmouth, MA
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-02T16:05:40Z
dc.date.available2011-12-02T16:05:40Z
dc.date.issued1971-11
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1912/4914
dc.descriptionOriginally issued as Reference No. 71-69, series later renamed WHOI-.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe oil barge "Florida" ran aground just off Little Island, West Falmouth, Massachusetts on September 16, 1969. About 175,000 gallons of Number Two fuel oil leaked into Buzzards Bay and the adjacent Wild Harbor Marsh. This report presents the results of analyses done on marsh muds and organisms collected nearly a year after the spill. We studied the incorporation of polluting hydrocarbons into, and their movement through the marsh ecosystem. Analyses of surface muds agreed well with observations on plant growth. The dead areas were the most heavily polluted. A deep mud core in the dead area showed oil has penetrated to at least 70 cm. Virtually all the marsh organisms living in the contaminated area were affected by the oil at least to the extent that they accumulated oil hydrocarbons in their tissues. Our data suggest that two processes may occur as the oil passes through the marsh ecosystem. There may be a progressive loss in the straight chain hydrocarbons in relation to branched chain, cyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons. There also appears to be a selection for the higher boiling fractions of the contaminants higher up the food chain.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSupported by the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, Fish and Wildlife Service Grant No. 14-17-0007- 1128 (G) and The National Science Foundation Grant No. GA 28365.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWoods Hole Oceanographic Institutionen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWHOI Technical Reportsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWHOI-71-69en_US
dc.subjectOil pollution of the seaen_US
dc.subjectSalt marsh ecologyen_US
dc.titleHydrocarbon incorporation into the salt marsh ecosystem from the West Falmouth oil spillen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1575/1912/4914


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record