Fate of Radiolabeled Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Pentachlorophenol in Enclosed Marine Ecosystems

  • Richard F. Lee
  • Kenneth Hinga
  • Glenn Almquist


The fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in waters and sediment in controlled ecosystems enclosures has been the subject of a number of investigations (Gearing et al. 1979, 1980, Lee et al. 1978, Wade and Quinn 1980). Large enclosures provide reasonably natural conditions and include organisms which may affect pollutant behavior. Their use in geochemical studies is discussed in Santschi (Chapter 5). Adding radiolabeled organic pollutants to such enclosures makes it possible to follow the pathways of both parent compound and metabolites. Experiments at the Controlled Ecosystem Pollution Experiment (CEPEX) site at Saanich Inlet, British Columbia, Canada with 14 C-benzo [a]pyrene and at the Marine Ecosystem Research Laboratory (MERL) site at the University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island, U.S.A., with 14 C-benz [a]anthracene (Hinga et al. 1980) have shown exponential disappearance of both parent compound and metabolites, with much of the radioactivity entering bottom sediments.


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Microbial Degradation Bottom Sediment Petroleum Hydrocarbon Photochemical Oxidation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard F. Lee
    • 1
  • Kenneth Hinga
    • 2
  • Glenn Almquist
    • 2
  1. 1.Skidaway Institute of OceanographySavannahU.S.A.
  2. 2.Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory, Graduate School of Oceanography,University of Rhode IslandKingstonU.S.A.

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