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Distribution of n-Paraffins in Marine Organisms and Sediment
Clark Jr., R.C.; Blumer, M. (1967). Distribution of n-Paraffins in Marine Organisms and Sediment. Limnol. Oceanogr. 12(1): 79-87
In: Limnology and Oceanography. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography: Waco, Tex., etc.. ISSN 0024-3590, more
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  • Clark Jr., R.C.
  • Blumer, M.

    Twelve species of benthic algae from the northeast coast of the United States, three species of planktonic algae grown in the laboratory, a pelagic alga, a sample of mixed phytoplankton and zooplankton, and a recent marine sediment were analyzed for their normal paraffin distribution from C10H30 to C32H66.Normal paraffins occurred in all samples. Benthic and planktonic algae and the mixed plankton sample exhibited only a slight odd-carbon predominance. All algae showed a major maximum at n-C15H32 or n-C17H36, a minimum between n-C18H38 and C21H44 and a secondary maximum between n-C27H56 and n-C30H62. In all these features, the algae and the plankton differed from recent marine sediments. This suggests that the normal paraffins of recent marine sediments are largely derived from sources other than the organisms studied.Differences in the hydrocarbon distribution patterns of various classes of benthic algae may be of taxonomic value. Pristane occurs in several benthic and planktonic algae; phytane, if present, occurs at a concentration too low to be detected by the method used.

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