Benzpyrenes in Soil

Science  18 Aug 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3477, pp. 474-475
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3477.474


Benzpyrenes appear to be common and fairly abundant constituents of soils. Both the carcinogenic 3,4-benzpyrene and its inactive 1,2-isomer have been detected spectroscopically in extracts of soils from rural areas of the eastern United States.