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Hydrocarbons in the Antarctic marine environment

Cripps, G.C.; Priddle, J.. 1991 Hydrocarbons in the Antarctic marine environment. Antarctic Science, 3 (03). 233-250. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102091000299

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Abstract/Summary

The Antarctic marine ecosystem contains low concentrations of a range of hydrocarbons, overwhelmingly biogenic in origin. The low natural levels of hydrocarbons and the small amount of local human activity make the Antarctic marine ecosystem suitable as a yardstick against which future global pollution by hydrocarbons can be assessed. At present, contamination is very low and difficult to resolve against the background. Local pollution is restricted to a very few events. A systematic programme with a clear definition of the natural background is proposed to monitor both global and local pollution.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102091000299
ISSN: 0954-1020
Additional Keywords: aliphatic, Antarctica, ecosystem, environment, hydrocarbon, pollution, polyaromatic
Date made live: 04 Apr 2018 13:30 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/519739

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