Abstract

A laboratory study has been conducted to determine the best methods for the detection of C10 to C40 hydrocarbons at naturally occurring oil seeps in marine sediments. The results indicate that a commercially available method using hexane to extract sediments and gas chromatography to screen the resulting extract is effective at recognizing the presence of migrated hydrocarbons at concentrations between 50 to 5,000 ppm. When the oil charge is unbiodegraded the level of charge is effectively tracked by the sum of n-alkanes in the gas chromatogram. However, once the charge oil becomes biodegraded, with the loss of n-alkanes and isoprenoids, the level of charge is tracked by the quantification of the Unresolved Complex Mixture (UCM). The use of GC-MS was also found to be very effective for the recognition of petroleum related hydrocarbons and results indicate that GC-MS would be a very effective tool for screening samples at concentrations below 50 ppm oil charge.
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2009

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