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Petroleum hydrocarbon concentrations in marine sediments along Nagapattinam – Pondicherry coastal waters, Southeast coast of India

Kamalakannan, K., Balakrishnan, S., Sampathkumar, P.
Marine pollution bulletin 2017 v.117 no.1-2 pp. 492-495
cluster analysis, coastal water, coasts, ecosystems, hydrocarbons, marine sediments, mining, monitoring, petroleum, rapid methods, tourism, viability, India
In this present study, petroleum hydrocarbons were statistically analyzed in three different coastal sediment cores viz., (N1, P1 and P2) from the Southeast coast of Tamil Nadu, India to examine the viability of PHCs. The significant positive relationship between mud (silt+clay+sand) and PHC unveiled that high specific surface of area of mud content raise the level of PHCs. Cluster analysis was used to discriminate the sediment samples based on their degree of contamination. The present study shows that instead of expensive and destructive PHC chemical methods, magnetic susceptibility is found to be a suitable, cheap and rapid method for detailed study of PHC in marine sediments. This baseline PHCs data can be used for regular ecological monitoring and effective management for the mining and tourism related activities in the coastal ecosystem.