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Dissolution methods for strontium isotope stratigraphy: whole rock analysis

Bailey, TR; McArthur, JM; Prince, H; Thirlwall, MF; (2000) Dissolution methods for strontium isotope stratigraphy: whole rock analysis. CHEM GEOL , 167 (3-4) 313 - 319.

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Abstract

The preparation of samples for strontium isotope stratigraphy (SIS) by whole rock dissolution results in contributions of Sr from contaminant phases as well as from the target carbonate phase. Here we highlight and quantify the errors in Sr-87/Sr-86 values that might result when calcium carbonate is dissolved using an inappropriate method. We report the variation in Sr-87/Sr-86 value of Sr released from four samples of differing calcite content and degrees of cementation, when subject to different methods of dissolution. We show that errors of up to +/-0.000076 in Sr-87/Sr-86, which correspond to errors of +/-3.68 Ma in age, can be avoided by careful preleaching of the samples. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Type:Article
Title:Dissolution methods for strontium isotope stratigraphy: whole rock analysis
Keywords:strontium isotope stratigraphy, whole rock, leaching, CRETACEOUS-TERTIARY BOUNDARY, NUMERICAL CALIBRATION, SEAWATER SR-87/SR-86, SR, CURVE, HISTORY, IMPACT, TIME, SEA, ND
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Earth Sciences

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