Oil and Ice in the Arctic Ocean: Possible Large-Scale Interactions

Science  06 Jul 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4094, pp. 56-58
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4094.56


The diffusion and transport mechanisms generated by the pack ice dynamics of the Beaufort Sea, combined with the slow rate of biodegradation of oil under Arctic conditions, would combine to diffuse an oil spill over the sea and eventually deposit the oil on the ice surface, where it would lower the natural albedo over a large area.