Environmental aspects of ocean dumping in the western Gulf of Mexico

Elliot L Atlas, J. Brooks, J. Trefry

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Abstract

Field and laboratory studies were conducted of an ocean-dumped waste containing biological sludge from a chemical biotreatment plant. During July 1977, a test dump was monitored to study the chemical behavior and dispersal of waste at a deep-water dumpsite in the western Gulf of Mexico. Nearly 100 organic compounds were detected in the waste, and some heavy metals were measured in significant amounts. At the diluted levels usually encountered in the ocean, adverse effects of such a waste on phytoplankton productivity would not be measurable with the techniques used. Increased turbidity and chemical residues could not be measured in the field past 24 hours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-350
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of the Water Pollution Control Federation
Volume52
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1980
Externally publishedYes

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Ocean dumping
Phytoplankton
Chemical plants
Turbidity
Organic compounds
Heavy metals
Productivity
Water

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Environmental aspects of ocean dumping in the western Gulf of Mexico. / Atlas, Elliot L; Brooks, J.; Trefry, J.

In: Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, Vol. 52, No. 2, 02.1980, p. 329-350.

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