Structural characterisation of groundwater hydrophobic acids isolated from the Tomago Sand Beds, Australia

Mcintyre, C. , McRae, C., Batts, B. D. and Piccolo, A. (2005) Structural characterisation of groundwater hydrophobic acids isolated from the Tomago Sand Beds, Australia. Organic Geochemistry, 36(3), pp. 385-397. (doi:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2004.10.004)

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Abstract

Groundwater hydrophobic acids isolated from the Tomago Sand Beds, Australia have been structurally characterised using multiple analytical techniques. Temporal variability was observed during the study period (1996–2003) and data for two representative samples isolated in 1996 and 2002 are presented. The sample isolated in 2002 was a highly aromatic fulvic acid with branched aliphatic functional structures and high oxygen content. It differed from structural concepts which suggest that groundwater hydrophobic acids isolated from organically lean aquifers are predominantly aliphatic in nature, with a low oxygen content resulting from extended degradation processes. Data are consistent with the hydrophobic acids having inputs from both surface recharge and mineralised sedimentary organic carbon. The sample isolated in 1996 was significantly more aliphatic, indicating that a change in microbial activity/community has occurred at the site.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mcintyre, Dr Cameron
Authors: Mcintyre, C., McRae, C., Batts, B. D., and Piccolo, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Organic Geochemistry
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:01466380
ISSN (Online):1873-5290

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