Wetlands: Petroleum

Authored by: John V. Headley , Kerry M. Peru

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120046693

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Abstract

In recent years, the ecological importance of wetlands has become well established in the scientific community at large. There is a growing acceptance to preserve wetlands wherever possible as these areas provide support functions for several natural and living resources. Wetlands also mediate biogeochemical transformations and may serve as buffer zones for assimilation and reduction of toxic petroleum hydrocarbons released to aquatic environments.

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