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"Oily sheen on water"

Roger Jones rjones at TRENTU.CA
Mon Sep 9 14:36:22 EST 1996


I am trying to find out the cause of what appears to be a film of "oil" 
on water draining from waterlogged or "boggy" soil. Are there bacteria 
which synthesise hydrocarbons or is the oily sheen the result of 
decomposition of plant waxes or other naturally occurring products, for 
example?

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Roger Jones, Department of Biology, Trent University,
Peterborough, Ontario, Can. K9J 7B8
Telephone (705) 748 1312.  Fax (705) 748 1205
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