Sediment aliphatic hydrocarbons in the Forth estuary

O. D. Ajayi, M. G. Poxton

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    The sources and distributions of aliphatic hydrocarbons in sediments from the Forth estuary were examined using gas chromatography and computer interfaced gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy. The sediments contained hydrocarbons from petrogenic and land derived biogenic sources. Of the stations examined, the more sandy sediments from Longannet showed the least level of petrogenic pollution. Based on gravimetric data, gas chromatographic, triterpane and sterane fingerprinting, the Grangemouth complex was identified as a major source of some of the petrogenic hydrocarbons found in the sediments. © 1987.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227-244
    Number of pages18
    JournalEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1987


    • aliphatic compounds
    • estuaries
    • Firth of Forth
    • gas chromatography
    • hydrocarbons
    • pollution/oil
    • sediment concentrations


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