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In large ponds, two test oil spills using crude oil were made near Ottawa during the winter of 1972 through 1973. The first spill was carried out on water under ice-forming conditions, and the second was carried out on ice. While these spills were allowed to age naturally, the weather parameters of precipitation, wind speed, temperature, and light were monitored. The results of the monitoring were then correlated with the composition of the residues of the spills. In addition, the effects of precipitation and wind were correlated with the behavior and movement of the oil in the ponds.
water quality, environmental tests, residues, cold weather tests, oil spills, crude oil
Research scientist, Inland Waters Directorate, Department of the Environment, Ottawa, Ontario