Atomic Absorption Spectrometry in Geology

Atomic Absorption Spectrometry in Geology

1st Edition - January 1, 1967

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  • Authors: Ernest E. Angino, Gale K. Billings
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483274843

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Atomic Absorption Spectrometry in Geology focuses on the applications of atomic absorption spectrometry in geology, including the analysis of metals, rocks, sediments, and minerals. The manuscript first offers information on the theory of atomic absorption spectrophotometry and instrumentation. Discussions focus on the relationship of atomic absorption with atomic concentration; variations in shapes and widths of atomic spectral lines; variations in atomic spectral lines; sample vaporization; and light sources. The book then examines interferences, including spectral, ionization, chemical, and molecular interferences. The publication takes a look at hydrogeochemistry and ore analysis. Topics include freshwater and seawater, zinc and cadmium, mercury, silver, gold, copper, lead, and nickel. The text also ponders on rock and mineral analysis, sediments, isotopes and noble gases, as well as silicate and sulfide minerals, organic fraction of sediments, and lithium, uranium, boron, and mercury isotopes. The manuscript is a dependable reference for readers interested in atomic absorption spectrometry.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    Part I. Theory and Instrumentation

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Theory

    Relationship of Atomic Absorption to Atomic Concentration

    Variations in Shapes and Widths of Atomic Spectral Lines

    Curvature of the Calibration Graph

    Analyzable Elements

    Chapter 3. Instrumentation


    Light Sources

    Sample Vaporization

    Wavelength Selector


    Raedout System

    Complete Instruments

    Methods of Increasing Sensitivity

    Chapter 4. Interferences

    Spectral Interference

    Ionization Interference

    Chemical Interference

    Molecular Absorption

    Specific Element Interferences

    Appendix to Chapter 4

    Part II. Methods and Applications

    Chapter 5. Hydrogeochemistry

    Fresh Water

    Sea Water


    Chapter 6. Ore Analysis


    Copper, Zinc, Lead, Nickel

    Zinc and Cadmium




    Determination of Trace Metals in Petroleum Crude Oils

    Coal Ash

    Chapter 7. Rock and Mineral Analysis

    Silicate Rocks


    Silicate Minerals

    Trace Metals in Quartz and Jasperoid

    Sulfide Minerals


    Chapter 8. Recent Sediments

    Total Sediment Analysis and Silty Sediments

    Carbonate, Organic-Rich and Leached Sediments

    Skeletal Materials

    Organic Fractions of Recent Sediments

    Chapter 9. Isotopes and Noble Gases

    Lithium Isotopes

    Uranium Isotopes

    Boron Isotopes

    Mercury Isotopes

    Noble Gases



Product details

  • No. of pages: 154
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 1967
  • Published: January 1, 1967
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483274843

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Ernest E. Angino

Gale K. Billings

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