Hydrocarbons in the Antarctic marine environment

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.

Details

Publication status:
Published
Author(s):
Authors: Cripps, G.C., Priddle, J.

Date:
1 September, 1991
Journal/Source:
Antarctic Science / 3
Page(s):
233-250
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102091000299