Chemical Transformations of Lipids During Sedimentogenesis

  • Evgenii A. Romankevich


Lipids constitute a group of hydrophobic organic compounds easily soluble in organic solvents. A characteristic feature of the chemical composition of lipids is the presence of higher alkyl radicals in the molecules. The sources of lipids in the seas and oceans are the auto- and heterotrophic organisms inhabiting the marine environment. The community of living organisms produces annually in the world oceans 7 × 109 tons of fatty substances (Bogorov 1971). A certain portion of these lipids reaches the aquatic environment with allochthonous OM; this comprises natural lipid compounds and the constituents of oil (Goldberg 1975, Cowell 1976, Nesterova and Simonov 1979, Nemirovskaya and Nesterova 1982).


Bottom Sediment Polar Lipid Fatty Alcohol Interstitial Water Ocean Floor 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evgenii A. Romankevich
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  1. 1.P. P. Shirshov Institute of OceanologyAcademy of ScienceMoscowUSSR

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