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  1. Vol. 28 No. 3, p. 377-381
    Received: Sept 23, 1963
    Accepted: Dec 6, 1963

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Carbon Determination in Soils and Organic Materials with A High-Frequency Induction Furnace1

  1. J. L. Young and
  2. M. R. Lindbeck2



Application of established procedures for determination of carbon (C) in metals yielded about 60 to 90% C recovery from soils and pure organics. Systematic instrument and procedural changes showed that low recovery was due to escape of pyrolysis products or other volatile organic materials. Complete C recovery from dry soils and pure organics was achieved by adaptations employing an internal quartz-enclosed graphite ignitor or an external auxiliary resistance furnace. The procedures also permit analysis of total C in residues from soil extracts or other solutions and for inorganic C and organic C in soils.

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