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Hydrocarbons in surface sediments from the Sfax coastal zone, (Tunisia) Mediterranean Sea.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15961122     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Semi-enclosed Mediterranean Sea records various signals of high anthropic pressures from surrounding countries and the industrialized European countries. This is particularly true for oil pollution. Although accounting for 1% of the world's ocean surface, it receives about 25% of the petroleum inputs to the ocean. To achieve a global budget we need to collect information from different parts of the Mediterranean. Particularly, we focus in this paper on the Southern Mediterranean, where data are presently very scarce. In this context, the University of Sfax has undertaken an estimation of hydrocarbon pollution along the coasts of Sfax and Gabès Gulf. Non-aromatic hydrocarbons were analysed in 8 surface sediments by FT/IR and GC/MS. Non-aromatic hydrocarbon concentrations vary in the range 310-1406 microg g(-1) sediments dry weight, which is high, compared to other Mediterranean sites. GC/MS data indicate a large group of unresolved compounds suggesting a petroleum contamination, confirmed by the identification of hopanes with predominant C29 and C30alpha,beta compounds and steranes with predominance of C27 over C28) and C29 compounds.
Hatem Zaghden; Monem Kallel; Afifa Louati; Boubaker Elleuch; Jean Oudot; Alain Saliot
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2005-06-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-21     Completed Date:  2006-08-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1287-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratoire Eau-Energie-Environnement (Lab 3E) des Sciences de l'Environnement (LARSEN), E.N.I.S., B.P. W 3038, Sfax, Tunisie.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring / statistics & numerical data*
Environmental Pollutants / analysis*
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Geologic Sediments / analysis*
Hydrocarbons / analysis*
Mediterranean Sea
Petroleum / analysis*
Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Hydrocarbons; 0/Petroleum

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