Sterols in Recent Aquatic Sediments

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Science  26 Jun 1964:
Vol. 144, Issue 3626, pp. 1575-1576
DOI: 10.1126/science.144.3626.1575


The presence of sterols in recent fresh-water sediments was confirmed and, for the first time, sterols were found to be widely distributed throughout recent marine sediments. Quantities ranged from 60 to 300 parts of cholesterol carbon per million parts of organic carbon in the sediments. No correlation of sterol content with environment or depth of burial in the sediment was apparent.