Barium in Southern California Coastal Waters: A Potential Indicator of Marine Drilling Contamination

Science  02 Jul 1976:
Vol. 193, Issue 4247, pp. 57-58
DOI: 10.1126/science.193.4247.57


The present barium content of Southern California coastal waters was determined to be 11 to 22 micrograms per kilogram of seawater. These values may be used as base-line concentrations to monitor marine contamination during future off-shore oil and gas explorations.