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Chapter 1. Introduction
Analysis of Exploration Samples: Choice of Methods
Analytical and Organizational Considerations
Chapter 2. Quality Control in the Laboratory
Sources of and Reduction of Random Errors
Physical and Chemical Interferences
Control and Monitoring of Systematic Errors
A Quality Control Programme
Chapter 3. Sample Preparation
Preparation of Rock Samples
Soils and Sediments
Chapter 4. Sample Decomposition-Solution Techniques
Application to Bedrock Samples
Application to Soils and Sediments
Chapter 5. Colorimetry and Related Techniques
Chapter 6. Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry
The Light Source
Production of Atomic Vapour
Detection and Readout Systems
Flame Atomic Absorption
Determination of Mercury by Flameless AAS
Indirect Determinations of Elements by AAS
Chapter 7. Emission Spectroscopy
Flame Emission Spectroscopy
Semi-Quantitative DC-Arc Spectroscopy
Standards for Semi-Quantitative DC-Arc Spectroscopy
Analysis of Unknowns
Direct-Reading DC-Arc Spectrometry
the Inductively Coupled Plasma
Analysis of Geochemical Samples
Chapter 8. X-Ray Fluorescence
Excitation of X-Rays
Interaction of X-Rays with Matter
Primary Radiation Sources
Dispersion of X-Rays
Operation of the X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer
Analysis of Geochemical Samples
Chapter 9. Electrochemical Methods
Determination of pH
Specific Ion Electrodes
Appendix 1 — Colour Photographs
Appendix 2 — Preparation of Standards
Handbook of Exploration Geochemistry, Volume I: Analytical Methods in Geochemical Prospecting focuses on the principles, methodologies, approaches, and techniques employed in geochemical prospecting.
The book first underscores quality control in the laboratory, sample preparation, sample decomposition-solution techniques, and colorimetry and related techniques. Discussions focus on colorimetry, turbidimetric methods, strong decompositions, partial extractions, preparation of rock samples, random and systematic errors, and quality control program. The publication then takes a look at atomic absorption spectrophotometry, emission spectroscopy, and X-ray fluorescence. Concerns cover instrumentation, operation of the X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, flame emission spectroscopy, semi-quantitative DC-arc spectroscopy, and plasma sources. The text examines electrochemical methods, including determination of pH and specific ion electrodes.
The publication is a dependable reference for researchers interested in the analytical methods in geochemical prospecting.
- © Elsevier Science 1981
- 1st January 1983
- Elsevier Science
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@qu:Recommended to everyone concerned with analytic tasks in exploration activities, as well as a chemist or a project leader. It will also find a good place in teaching geochemical exploration. Congratulations to author, editor and publisher. @source: Chemical Geology
Professor, University of New Brunswick
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