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Sequential soil analysis in exploration geochemistry


Gatehouse, S and Russell, DW and Van Moort, JC, Sequential soil analysis in exploration geochemistry, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 8, (1-2) pp. 483-494. ISSN 0375-6742 (1977) [Refereed Article]

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Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company, Amsterdam

DOI: doi:10.1016/0375-6742(77)90069-3


A system of progressive leaching of soil samples was developed by which it is possible to locate the distribution of metals over the various soil phases. The sequence includes a new method of reduction of iron oxides by hydrazine chloride, which is described in detail. The system enables one to determine on a single 2-g sample the elemental concentrations in the following phases: water-extractable, ion-exchangeable, reducible Mn, organic material, reducible Fe, clay and residue.

Application of the sequential analysis to eight Tasmanian soil profiles indicates a much stronger scavenging effect by iron oxides than is generally recognized. The quantitative expression of the scavenging effects aids in discriminating between true and false "anomalies". No geochemical soil sampling programmes should be undertaken without analysis of manganese and iron oxide fractions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geochemistry
Research Field:Exploration geochemistry
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Russell, DW (Dr David Russell)
UTAS Author:Van Moort, JC (Dr Jan Van Moort)
ID Code:103605
Year Published:1977
Web of Science® Times Cited:65
Deposited By:Earth Sciences
Deposited On:2015-10-19
Last Modified:2015-11-12

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