Natural bitumens versus oil pollution in the Vlasina lake peat
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Free and associated bitumens were isolated by sequential extraction from Vlasina lake peat (SE Serbia) and were investigated in order to differentiate between oil pollution and natural bitumens. Four peat samples were collected at different depths, on a peat island. Gas chromatographic (GC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) analysis revealed the presence of three markedly different bitumen fractions. Here we show that the free bitumens are representing the native peat bitumens. The two associated bitumens are mainly the products of bacterial rework of organic substance, which were then trapped by two differing mechanisms. The bitumens characteristics and association features exclude a contribution of oil pollution.
Keywords:peat / free and associated bitumens / n-alkanes / biogenic and anthropogenic bitumens
Source:Environmental Chemistry Letters, 2005, 3, 1, 39-42
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