Origins of Sulfur in Coal: Importance of the Ester Sulfate Content of Peat

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Science  18 Feb 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4279, pp. 675-676
DOI: 10.1126/science.195.4279.675


The sulfur found in coal stems in large part from sulfur incorporation at the peat-forming stage. Ester sulfate (a carbon-oxygen-sulfur linkage) is a major contributor to the sulfur in peat and thus is an important determiner of the quantity and forms of sulfur eventually found in coal.