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Free Content Distribution of Normal Paraffins in the Leaves of Thalassia Testudinium from the Gulf of Mexico

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The n-paraffins present in the leaves of Thalassia plants from four different locations in the Gulf of Mexico were determined. The predominance of n-heptadecane, n-nonadecane, n-heinecosane and n-pentadecane was confirmed in most of the analyzed samples. The discrepancies in the hydrocarbon chemistry of Thalassia plants reported in previous papers were attributed mainly to differences in the materials analyzed, such as whole plants, blades or rhizomes, as well as the analytical techniques used. The anomalies found in the n-paraffins contained in the blades of Thalassia plants from Laguna de Terminos were related to oil pollution. The present study extends our knowledge of the natural hydrocarbons derived from Thalassia plants in coastal regions.

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Publication date: July 1, 1979

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