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    STP573

    Stable Carbon Isotope Ratios as Water Quality Indicators

    Published: 01 January 1975


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    Abstract

    Stable carbon isotope ratios (C13/C12) of man-made organic substances such as petrochemicals and pulp mill effluents are generally different from those of the “natural” organic matter in marine environments. By measuring the C13/C12 ratios of background organic matter in the marine environment and the pollution sources, an estimate of the degree of man-made pollution can be obtained.

    Principles of the CO13/C12 technique, analytical methods, and an example of its use are discussed together with the limits of applicability of the approach.

    Keywords:

    water quality, water pollution, carbon isotopes, environmental tests


    Author Information:

    Tan, FC
    Research scientist and scientific officer, Atlantic Oceanographic Laboratory, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

    Pearson, GJ
    Research scientist and scientific officer, Atlantic Oceanographic Laboratory, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


    Committee/Subcommittee: D19.95

    DOI: 10.1520/STP39035S