Abstract

Investigations following the oil spill from the tanker ARROW in Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia, in 1970 have focussed on the physical and chemical degradation of the Bunker C oil in different littoral environments and on the effects of sediment removal to restore polluted beaches. Natural processes have restored the beaches effectively on coasts exposed to wave activity. In sheltered, low-energy areas, the oil has undergone relatively little change over the 3-year period and is still present in the littoral zone. The removal of contaminated sediments from exposed beaches has not caused major changes but has resulted in permanent retreat of the beach crest in areas of limited sediment supply.

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