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Title: A study of the rate of decomposition of oxidizable organic matter in sewage and sewage-enriched sea water
Student Author(s): Freehafer, Nancy
Faculty Advisor(s): Phillips, John H.
Pages: 14
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1970
Keywords: sewage pollution
Abstract: 1) Sewage from the Monterey treatment plant does not make a gross contribution to the organic carbon content of the ambient sea water. It merely amplifies existing patterns of decomposition. 2) The hours of the maximum input of organic carbon into the environment from the outfall are not predictable. 3) Anaerobes can decompose organic carbon. 4) Under aerobic conditions, organic carbon in sea water and sewage undergoes qualitative changes making it less resistant to microbial and dichromate oxidation.