Importance of Particulate Matter on the Load of Hydrocarbons of Motorway Runoff and Secondary Effluents

  • Fritz Zürcher
  • Markus Thüer
  • James A. Davis
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 16)


Motorway runoff and secondary effluents contribute substantially to the anthropogenic input of hydrocarbons to natural waters. Hydrocarbons from both wastewaters are discharged primarily in association with suspended solids. Model weathering experiments and chemical analyses indicate that adsorbed hydrocarbons are negligible compared to oil-particulate agglomerates. The agglomeration mechanism produces particulates with high hydrocarbon concentrations in mineral suspensions, motorway runoff and secondary effluents. Hydrocarbons associated with motorway runoff particulates probably originate from motor oil exhuasted by automobiles.


Particulate Organic Carbon Petroleum Hydrocarbon Total Hydrocarbon Street Runoff Unresolved Complex Mixture 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fritz Zürcher
    • 1
  • Markus Thüer
    • 1
  • James A. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution ControlDübendorfSwitzerland

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