Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 65, Issue 14, pp 1524–1531 | Cite as

Identification of sources of oil spills in soils and sediments by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry

  • E. S. Brodskii
  • O. L. Butkova
  • A. A. Shelepchikov
  • D. B. Feshin


Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry has been applied to the study of the residual oil contamination of the sediments in the area of an emergency mazut spill in an industrial enterprise. The contamination level appeared to be very high in nearly all samples collected within a rather wide area; however, the oil in the studied samples have undergone significant weathering; therefore, we have concluded that they had got into the sediments long before the spill under consideration or had been accumulating in them systematically for many years. The methodology of the identification of oil in soils taking into account their transfer and weathering is considered; it employs characteristics of the hydrocarbon type composition along with the individual marker compounds.


oil spills identification of the contamination source GC/MS weathering type composition of oil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. S. Brodskii
    • 1
  • O. L. Butkova
    • 2
  • A. A. Shelepchikov
    • 1
  • D. B. Feshin
    • 1
  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.All-Russia Research Institute of the Brewing, Soft Drinks, and Wine-Making IndustryRussian Academy of Agricultural SciencesMoscowRussia

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