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Pyrolysis-Hydrogen Flame Ionization Detection of Organic Carbon in a Lunar Sample

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Science  30 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3918, pp. 759-760
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3918.759


The lunar samples were analyzed for total organic carbon content by pyrolysis at 850°C and subsequent detection of the resulting volatilized organic compounds in a hydrogen flame ionization detector. The organic content ranged from 10 to 126 parts per million, depending primarily upon the handling in the sample processing. No correlation of organic content with rock type has been shown. The small quantities of organic matter are primarily contamination, and the indigenous organic content is estimated to be less than 10 parts per million.

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