A method for the determination of chlorinated organic compounds in aquatic tissue by dual capillary-column gas chromatography with electron- capture detection is described. Whole-body-fish or corbicula tissue is homogenized, Soxhlet extracted, lipid removed by gel permeation chromatography, and fractionated using alumina/silica adsorption chromatography. The extracts are analyzed by dissimilar capillary-column gas chromatography with electron-capture detection. The method reporting limits are 5 micrograms per kilogram (ug/kg) for chlorinated compounds, 50 ug/kg for polychlorinated biphenyls, and 200 ug/kg for toxaphene.
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Homestead Valley, California, aftershocks (March 17-18, 1979) recorded on portable seismographs