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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Impregnating Soil Concretions for Electron Microprobe Analysis1


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  1. Vol. 36 No. 1, p. 181-183
    Received: June 18, 1971
    Accepted: Sept 22, 1971

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  1. R. N. Gallaher,
  2. H. F. Perkins and
  3. D. Radcliffe2



Soil concretions were impregnated with two types of plastic resins to compare the quality of polish and surface relief, after mounting and polishing, for electron microprobe analysis. Soft or hard porous concretions impregnated with “Castaglas,” a cold-setting epoxy resin, resulted in loss of surface material due to plucking during polishing. Impregnating the same type concretions, under vacuum, with a temperature-dependent methacrolate resin, resulted in little or no loss by plucking, and good to excellent polished surfaces.

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