Analysis of anthropogenic organic compounds in San Diego de los Baños peloid, Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

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Autores/Authors: 
Margaret Suárez, Roberto Domínguez, Amalia Bravo, Patricia González, Clara Melián, Maritza Pérez, Dagoberto Blanco, Juan R. Fagundo, Irminia Herrera, Rebeca Hernández
Palabras Claves / Key words: 
peloid, organic, sediment, phthalate, butylated hydroxytoluene
Abstract: 

Peloids are natural products that contain compounds with biological activity, permitting its
therapeutic application. The control of these mineral resources is very important because
they are used in human health and they are extracted in natural environments where they
are suitable to microbiological, inorganic and organic contamination due to agricultural,
port and fishing activities. The objective of this work is to determine the presence of
anthropogenic organic compounds in San Diego de los Baños peloid, Pinar del Rio, Cuba.
To identify the organic compounds, the samples were analyzed using gas chromatography
and mass spectrometry. The results show the absence of common toxic contaminants. On
the other hand, the anthropogenic compounds identified are mainly represented by
different phthalates and butylated hydroxytoluene, which have several apparent pathways
in waters and sediments. The degree of toxicity of these compounds is still under
discussion in environmental samples.

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