Some Activation Analyses of Six Trace Elements in Marine Biological Ashes


SYSTEMATIC knowledge of the abundance of trace elements in marine organisms is far from complete. Most currently accepted values have been determined by spectroscopy or flame photometry but for a number of elements these methods leave much to be desired. The method of activation analysis not only increases the sensitivity for many trace elements1 but also eliminates the necessity for running ‘blank’ analyses on the reagents since small amounts of impurities contained in the reagents will not be measured.

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FUKAI, R., MEINKE, W. Some Activation Analyses of Six Trace Elements in Marine Biological Ashes. Nature 184, 815–816 (1959).

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