I need some help on the following:
We extracted soils with K2SO4 (0,125M, 50mL), and then freeze dried those
samples in tin cups. It was the first time we used this technique and didn't
realise the danger.
Apparantly the very high sulfur-content in the cups causes serious
contamination of the GC (we use Anca-SL), when measuring the samples for
Are there any of you that have experienced the same problem? Is there a way
to modify the equipment (to scrub out the sulfur), or is there another way
to get rid of the sulfur?
Thanks a lot in advance!
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Datum: vrijdag 20 oktober 2000 9:06
Onderwerp: Re: [ISOGEOCHEM] Isotopic
depending on the water content and the presence of metastable carbonate
phases in the core there may be transformation of the carbonate fraction
more stable phases. Depending on a number of boundary conditions O isotope
exchange may occur. This will probably be not a serious problem for C
isotopes. During roasting some OM will decompose and create CO2.
Micha Horacek wrote:
> Dear isogeochemists,
> I think I have to formulate my request more precisely:
> The palmag cores are demagnetised by heating to temperatures above 350° C
> for at least two hours (but I do not think much longer) and "roasted" at
> maximum temperature of 500° for twenty minutes.
> The cores consist of massive rock, not powder. The cores are from impure
> carbonate rocks with low organic contents.
> Can the demagnetisation process possibly change the isotope ratios, for
> example if the carbonate content of the sample is rather small?