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Organic matter (OM) was isolated from two marine oil shales, El-Lajjun and Julia Creek, using NaOH-HCl and humin and humic acid frac­tions separated. Two treatments were required to reduce humin ash yield to below 11 wt% db. The humin yield of the autoclave method was 80 wt% of OM (dry mineral-matter-free, dmmf), compared to only 20–60 wt% dmmf for the oven method, possibly due to the increased NaOH solution strength and some oxidation. Oven and autoclave methods both gave humin similar in chemical structure to shale OM, regardless of yield. This similarity has implications as to shale OM structure.



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