Characterization of alkanes, hopanes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in tar-balls collected from the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

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Citation: Kuhan Chandru, Mohamad Pauzi Zakaria, Sofia Anita, Azadeh Shahbazi, Mahyar Sakari, Pourya Shahpoury Bahry, Che Abd Rahim Mohamed (2008) Characterization of alkanes, hopanes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in tar-balls collected from the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Marine Pollution Bulletin (RSS)

doi: doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.01.028

Download: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X08000544

Tagged: Geosciences (RSS) Tar-balls; Oil spill; Molecular marker; Hopanes; PAHs (RSS)


Summary:

This paper uses oil residue or commonly known as tar-balls collected from beaches in Malaysia to point the sources of the oil (pollution). The authors uses the amount of hopanes in the tar-balls to know the location source of the residue. Alkanes and PAH are also used to determine the relative age of the tar-balls landed on the beach. The authors concluded that the almost all of the tar-residue in the east coast of Malaysia is local based (i.e oil plants from Terengganu). Only one sample is indicating long distance pollution (Norwegian crude oil).