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

Cameron P. McIntyre*, Paul Mc A Harvey, Susan Ferguson, Anna M. Wressnig, Ian Snape, Simon C. George

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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. Crown

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2131-2134
    Number of pages4
    JournalOrganic Geochemistry
    Volume38
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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