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Bioaccumulation of hydrocarbons derived from terrestrial and anthropogenic sources in the Asian clam, Potamocorbula amurensis, in San Francisco Bay estuary

Marine Pollution Bulletin

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https://doi.org/10.1016/0025-326X(92)90738-R

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Abstract

An assessment was made in Suisun Bay, California, of the distributions of hydrocarbons in estuarine bed and suspended sediments and in the recently introduced asian clam, Potamocorbula amurensis. Sediments and clams were contaminated with hydrocarbons derived from petrogenic and pyrogenic sources. Distributions of alkanes and of hopane and sterane biomarkers in sediments and clams were similar, indicating that petroleum hydrocarbons associated with sediments are bioavailable to Potamocorbula amurensis. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the sediments and clams were derived mainly from combustion sources. Potamocorbula amurensis is therefore a useful bioindicator of hydrocarbon contamination, and may be used as a biomonitor of hydrocarbon pollution in San Francisco Bay.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Bioaccumulation of hydrocarbons derived from terrestrial and anthropogenic sources in the Asian clam, Potamocorbula amurensis, in San Francisco Bay estuary
Series title:
Marine Pollution Bulletin
DOI:
10.1016/0025-326X(92)90738-R
Volume:
24
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Publisher:
Elsevier
Contributing office(s):
Pacific Regional Director's Office, San Francisco Bay-Delta
Description:
7 p.
First page:
103
Last page:
109
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N