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Combined gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) can be used to reveal the distribution of triterpenoidal and steroidal hydrocarbons in petroleums. Commonly this is achieved by monitoring the ions m/z 191 and m/z 217. This technique, much used for oil-oil correlations, has also been proposed to be useful for the detection and ‘fingerprinting’ of petroleum-type hydrocarbons in contaminated surface sediments, although few examples appear to have been published. GC-MS of saturated hydrocarbon fractions isolated from a large number of sites in and around Sullom Voe, Shetland Islands shows that in some cases both biologically-derived and petroleum type components are distinguishable in the m/z 191 ‘fingerprints’. In contrast, the corresponding m/z 217 sterane ‘fingerprints’ are not complicated by biologically-derived steranes and even though the ratio of the major triterpanes to steranes exceeds 50:1 in some cases, the m/z 217 profile still yields a useful petroleum ‘fingerprint’.
Author(s): Jones DM, Rowland SJ, Douglas AG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Print publication date: 01/01/1986
ISSN (print): 0025-326X
ISSN (electronic): 1879-3363
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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