Benthic Oxygen Demands of Houston Ship Channel Sediments




Reynolds TD
Hann RW
Priebe WF

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The purpose of the research was to determine the benthic demand of the deposits in the Houston Ship Channel for use in modeling the channel for dissolved oxygen. The scope of the study included: Collection of bottom samples; Determining characteristics of the sludge such as biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), heavy metals, etc.; Use of galvanic oxygen cells in determining oxygen uptake rates in grams of oxygen per hour per square meter, or other units; Determination of benthic demands at different temperatures to obtain a demand versus temperature correlation; and The determination of mixing effects. (Modified author abstract)




57H Medicine & Biology: Ecology, 68D Environmental Pollution & Control: Water Pollution & Control, Benthos, Biochemical oxygen demand, Dissolved gases, Estuaries, Galveston bay, Heavy metals, Houston, Houston Ship Channel, Mathematical models, Measurement, Metals, Mixing, Oxygen, Sea Grant Program, Sediments, Sludge, Temperature, Texas, Trace elements, United States, Water analysis, Water pollution