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The Biomarker Guide


  • 280 b/w illus. 20 tables
  • Page extent: 492 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 0.87 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521786973)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published October 2007

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Biomarkers are compounds found in crude oil with structures inherited from once-living organisms. They persist in oil spills, refinery products and archaeological artifacts, and can be used to identify the origin, geological age and environmental conditions prevalent during their formation and alteration. These two volumes will be an invaluable resource for geologists, petroleum geochemists, biogeochemists, environmental and forensic scientists, natural product chemists and archaeologists. The first of two volumes of The Biomarker Guide discusses the origins of biomarkers and introduces basic chemical principles relevant to their study. It goes on to discuss analytical techniques, and the applications of biomarkers in environmental and archaeological problems.


About the authors; Preface; Purpose; Acknowledgements; Part I. Biomarkers and Isotopes in the Environment and Human History: 1. Origin and preservation of organic matter; 2. Organic chemistry; 3. Biochemistry of biomarkers; 4. Geochemical screening; 5. Refinery oil assays; 6. Stable isotope ratios; 7. Ancillary geochemical methods; 8. Biomarker separation and analysis; 9. Origin of petroleum; 10. Biomarkers in the environment; 11. Biomarkers in archaeology; Appendix: geologic time charts; Glossary; References; Index.

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