Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in sea sediments of the Georgian water area-2000

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Data holding centreScientific, Research Firm "GAMMA"
CountryGeorgia  Georgia
ProjectThe eastern Black sea environmental baseline survey, offshore republic of Georgia(Anadarco 2000)
Time period2000
Geographical area

Black Sea Georgian sector


Concentration of other organic contaminants in sediment samples


Sediment grabs; gas chromatographs


The survey area extended in an east-west direction from the Georgia shoreline to about 30 nil offshore and in a north-south direction from the southern border with Turkey north to the force major line bordering the contested area offshore of the Abkhazia region. The oceanographic vessel R/V K. PIRI REIS, operated by the Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology of Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, was used during the survey. The baseline survey was conducted by a team of U.S. and Georgian scientists and specialists and assisted by the survey vessel’s crew. The primary purpose of the survey was to develop baseline environmental information to support an Environmental Impact Assessment for a planned exploratory drilling program. The project provided collection of following information: data of hydrographic profiles of the water column, chemical and biological analyses of water samples, and chemical and biological analyses of sediment samples, chemical composition of sediment samples. granulometrical composition of bottom sediments, determination heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons in sediments. Part of water chemical analyses was carried out on the board; collected sediment and water samples was packaged and labeled for transportation to laboratory. Overall, in the survey area more than 140 sea water samples and 74 sediment samples were taken from 75 stations. Concentration of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in sea sediments is determined by gas-chromatographic method after extraction with hexane.

OriginatorsScientific, Research Firm "GAMMA"

Gvakharia, N. Machitadze, N. Gelashvili, D. Girgvliani (2006) Chemical ecology of the bottom sediments of the Georgian sector of the Black Sea >, The sciences of Earth. Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. No 4. pp.44-49; John McLaughlin (2001) Report “The eastern Black sea environmental baseline survey, Offshore Republic of Georgia, 2000”., Continental Shelf Associates, Inc. USA

OrganisationScientific, Research Firm "GAMMA"
ContactVakhtang Gvakharia (President of Firm GAMMA)

Scientific, Research Firm "GAMMA"
17A , Guramishvili av. 0192, Tbilisi, Georgia


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Collating centreIv.Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Centre of Relations with UNESCO Oceanological Research Centre and GeoDNA (UNESCO)
Local identifierGAMMA_64_A
Global identifier5247
Last revised2011-03-22