Marsh surface sediments, cores, and organisms were analysed for hydrocarbons from one to seven years after the spill in September 1969 of No. 2 fuel oil at West Falmouth, Massachusetts. All organisms analysed showed contamination initially.Fundulus were nearly free of oil after one year but Uca remained heavily contaminated for at least four years. Alkanes disappeared in sediments after about 4 years while heavy aromatics and naphthenes persisted throughout the study.
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*1 Contribution No. 4084 from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Funds were provided by grants from the Victoria Foundation, Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Fish and Wildlife Grant No. 14-17-007-1128(G), and N.S.F. Grant No. GA-40987.