Discrimination in the assimilation of n-alkanes in fish

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VERY large quantities of hydrocarbons have been and continue to be introduced into the seas and oceans by the various activities of man1,2 but estimates of this input and comparisons with biogenically-derived material or seepage from fossil hydrocarbon deposits are difficult to make. An assessment of the general effects of non-biogenic hydrocarbons on the marine ecosystem is equally difficult.

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    Blumer, M., Oil Pollution of the Ocean, ref. no. 70–46 (Technical Report, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1970).

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    Jeffery, P. G., Oil in the Marine Environment, report no, LR 156. (Department of Trade and Industry, 1972).

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    Mackie, P. R., Whittle, K. J., and Hardy, R., Estuarine Coastal Mar. Sci., 2, 359–374 (1974).

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HARDY, R., MACKIE, P., WHITTLE, K. et al. Discrimination in the assimilation of n-alkanes in fish. Nature 252, 577–578 (1974) doi:10.1038/252577a0

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