Determining the extent of weathering of spilled fuel in contaminated soil using the diastereomers of pristane and phytane

Mcintyre, C. P. , Harvey, P. M., Ferguson, S., Wressnig, A. M., Snape, I. and George, S. C. (2007) Determining the extent of weathering of spilled fuel in contaminated soil using the diastereomers of pristane and phytane. Organic Geochemistry, 38(12), pp. 2131-2134. (doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2007.07.010)

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Abstract

A method is described for determining the relative extent of weathering in moderately biodegraded, hydrocarbon-contaminated soils from Antarctica. Plotting the pristane diastereomer ratio (PrDR) vs. pristane/phytane (Pr/Ph) allows the relative extent of weathering (primarily evaporation in this case) to be determined. PrDR is used to account for biodegradation as it is independent of evaporation. The method is straightforward and as robust as conventional ratios.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mcintyre, Dr Cameron
Authors: Mcintyre, C. P., Harvey, P. M., Ferguson, S., Wressnig, A. M., Snape, I., and George, S. C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Organic Geochemistry
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:01466380
ISSN (Online):1873-5290

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