Jacksonville State University
Chemical studies of the BP oil spill will concentrate on distribution and time degradation of the oil spill compounds in the Gulf marine environment. Crude oil is a very complex mixture of low- and high molecular weight compounds, such as aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, asphaltenes, resins, and heterocycles. These compounds interact differently with the marine environment. For example, straight-chain aliphatic hydrocarbons degrade much more rapidly than aromatics or resins.
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