Carbonized coal products as a source of aromatic hydrocarbons to sediments from a highly industrialized estuary. Academic Article uri icon


  • Elizabeth River sediments are contaminated with high levels of hydrocarbons (0.1-2.9 mg/g). Priority pollutant polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNAs) make up 29% of the hydrocarbons in sediments near a carbonized coal source area. Fingerprinting techniques indicate that point source inputs of carbonized coal products are the major contributors of priority pollutant PNAs to these sediments, while petroleum products from multiple sources are the major contributor of unresolved hydrocarbons. The priority pollutant signature of carbonized coal products is detected in sediments in the source areas and appears to be primarily associated with fine grained particles. 1985, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Environ Sci Technol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Merrill, E. G., & Wade, T. L.

citation count

  • 39

complete list of authors

  • Merrill, EG||Wade, TL

publication date

  • July 1985