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1 May 2017 The use of glycol ethers to help reduce amorphous organic matter (AOM) in palynological preparations
Cortland F. Eble
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A beneficial technique, using glycol ethers, to help reduce the amount of amorphous organic matter (AOM) in palynological preparations is described. A brief history of glycol ethers, and their historical applications, is also discussed. The technique, which is relatively simple, inexpensive and rapid, can easily be applied as a terminal step to most maceration schedules. The technique does not appear to have any deleterious effect on palynomorphs, but testing treated and non-treated residues is recommended. Two examples, one Late Devonian and one Middle Pennsylvanian in age, are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of glycol ethers in removing AOM.

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Cortland F. Eble "The use of glycol ethers to help reduce amorphous organic matter (AOM) in palynological preparations," Palynology 41(1–2), 180-182, (1 May 2017). https://doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2016.1149524
Published: 1 May 2017
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