Hydrocarbon pollution in the sediment of some Malaysian coastal areas

Md. Pauzi Abdullah

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A study was carried out at some selected coastal areas of Malaysia to determine the present status of hydrocarbon pollution Five sites were chosen and these include Pulau Langkawi and Pulau Ketam in the west coast Tanjung Piai in the south, and Pulau Tioman and Kemaman in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia The levels of total hydrocarbon in the sediments are found to vary from 18.2 to 847.4 mg kg-1 with sediments from Pulau Langkawi and Tanjung Piai recorded the highest values (691.2 to 847.4 mg kg-1) while Kemaman and Pulau Ketum recorded the lowest values (18.2 to 59.8 mg kg-1). It was noted that these values are related not only to possible sources of hydrocarbon but also to the physical characteristics of the sediments analysed. Sandy sediment generally contains less hydrocarbon than clayey sediment. Further analyses of the sediment extracts indicate that the sources of the hydrocarbon pollution are predominantly petrogenic with significant contribution from biogenic hydrocarbon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-454
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Volume44
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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