Copper Porphyrins in Deep-Sea Sediments: A Possible Indicator of Oxidized Terrestrial Organic Matter

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Science  07 Jul 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4350, pp. 49-51
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4350.49


Copper porphyrins have been isolated from deep-sea sediments collected during six legs of the Deep Sea Drilling Project-International Program of Ocean Drilling. These pigments are present in depositional areas receiving high inputs of terrestrially derived oxidized organic matter. Such areas include the Black Sea, the Bay of Biscay, the Blake-Bahama Basin, and slumped Miocene deposits off Cape Bojador on the west coast of Africa.