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Germanium Enrichment in Lignites from the Lower Lias of Dorset


CERTAIN carbonaceous inclusions from the United States are exceptionally rich in germanium1,2; hitherto no such enrichment has been reported from the British Isles. A number of lignite specimens recently collected from the Lower Lias of Dorset have now been shown to have similar concentrations of germanium to those of the American samples.

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