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The Determination of Mercury in Soils by Flameless Atomic Absorption1


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  1. Vol. 35 No. 5, p. 850-852
    Received: Feb 19, 1971
    Accepted: May 17, 1971

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  1. James R. Melton,
  2. William L. Hoover and
  3. Peggy A. Howard2



A method is described for the determination of mercury in soils at the ppb level or greater. A simple digestion step, requiring no heat, is described. Determinations are made using an easily constructed apparatus for flameless atomic absorption. Soils from two states are studied for Hg content. Recoveries of mercury added to several soils ranged from 97.0 to 102.5%.

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