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Levels Of Total Hydrocarbon In Water And Sediment Of A Polluted Tidal Creek, Bonny River, Niger Delta, Nigeria

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O.A.F Wokoma



Key Words: Bonny River, Sediment, Tidal Creek, Total hydrocarbon content, Oil Pollution, Oil Spill, Environment



Abstract: To ascertain the level of total hydrocarbon content (THC) in the Kua/Kinabere Creek, in Ogoni land – an estuary of the Bonny River, sub- surface seawater and surface sediment were collected from five sampling stations between March and August, 2012, for laboratory analysis. In the laboratory, standard analytical methods were adopted for the analysis of water and sediment samples. Concentration of THC in water and sediment varied from 15.6±1.86 – 23.4±2.55mg/l and 1,403±80.61 –3,755±113.14mg/kg respectively, The observed concentration of THC is far above the established permissible levels of 10mg/l in water and 30mg/kg in sediment and therefore poses a serious threat to the survival of marine organisms as well as other legitimate uses of the environment.



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