Title

Racemization of Amino Acids in Sediments from Saanich Inlet, British Columbia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-11-1970

Abstract

In sediments spanning the last 9000 years from Saanich Inlet L enantiomers of amino acids are most abundant, but the percentages of D enantiomers increase with age, apparently because of partial racemization. Of the amino acids measured, glutamic acid and alanine show the greatest degree of racemization; leucine, isoleucine, and valine show the least.

Recommended Citation

Kvenvolden, Keith A., Etta Peterson and Frederick S. Brown. 1970. "Racemization of Amino Acids in Sediments from Saanich Inlet, British Columbia." Science 169 (3950): 1079-1082.