Volatile C1–C8 Compounds in Marine Sediments

  • Jean K. Whelan


Volatile organic compounds in both recent and ancient marine sediments can provide information about the sediment history (Hunt, 1975; Hunt and Whelan, 1979; Whelan et al., 1980a and references cited therein). In recent sediments (subbottom depths less than 3 m), these compounds are related to factors such as depositional environment, organisms (including microorganisms) living in or which have lived in the sediment, and surface oil seeps. In more deeply buried sediments, these compounds can give an indication of past geothermal history and petroleum generation. Investigations of these compounds with respect to petroleum generation have been carried out in a number of laboratories (see, for example, Thompson, 1979; Leythauser et al., 1982; Kvenvolden and Claypool, 1980; Hunt, 1979, Chap. 5 and references cited therein; Tissot and Weite, 1978, Chap. 6 and references cited therein).


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  • Jean K. Whelan
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  1. 1.Chemistry Department, Clark BuildingWoods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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