Possible origin for insoluble organic (kerogen) debris in sediments from insoluble cell-wall materials of algae and bacteria

  title={Possible origin for insoluble organic (kerogen) debris in sediments from insoluble cell-wall materials of algae and bacteria},
  author={Richard Paul Philp and Melvin. Calvin},
KEROGEN is an inert amorphous organic material insoluble in organic solvents, mineral acids, and bases1. In spite of its abundance, the precise molecular structure of this insoluble organic material has long remained an enigma. Structural determinations are complicated by the fact that the structure of any kerogen from different samples varies depending on the types of organic material originally responsible for its formation, and variations in the environmental conditions experienced during… Expand
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