The Role of Oxygen in Degradation of Hydrocarbons in Sediments of an Estuary in Nigeria
Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science
Volume 3, Issue 4, August 2014, Pages: 45-50
Received: Aug. 24, 2014; Accepted: Aug. 30, 2014; Published: Sep. 20, 2014
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Dike Henry Ogbuagu, Department of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri, Nigeria
Ebenezer Temitope Adebayo, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
Emmanuel Ikechukwu Iwuchukwu, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Nigeria
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The rates of degradation of Aliphatic (AHs) and Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments of the Bonny Estuary were investigated. Degradation was enhanced by aerobic condition in the order of treatments 10000ppm>1000ppm>100ppm (AHs), 100ppm>1000ppm>10000ppm (PAHs) than in the anaerobic condition which was in the order 10000ppm>100ppm>1000ppm (AHs), 100ppm>1000ppm>10000ppm (PAHs). Rates of degradation differed over the harvest days [F(10.90)>Fcrit(4.17)] and between the oxygen conditions [F(10.92)>Fcrit(4.17)] (P<0.05). Degradation enhancements by oxygenation were by 9.85, 63.64 and 62.66% (AHs) and 2.07, 3.15 and 3.95% (PAHs) on Days 14, 28 and 42 respectively. Rate of degradation was dose-dependent and slower especially of the PAHs.
Degradation, Hydrocarbons, Bonny Estuary, Marine Sediments, Anoxia
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Dike Henry Ogbuagu, Ebenezer Temitope Adebayo, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Iwuchukwu, The Role of Oxygen in Degradation of Hydrocarbons in Sediments of an Estuary in Nigeria, Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2014, pp. 45-50. doi: 10.11648/j.wros.20140304.11
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