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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Identification of Some Trace Metal Minerals in a Mine-waste Contaminated Soil1


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  1. Vol. 50 No. 1, p. 254-258
    Received: Nov 13, 1984
    Accepted: July 29, 1985

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  1. S. V. Mattigod,
  2. A. L. Page and
  3. I. Thornton2



A scheme involving the use of particle and density separations was used to isolate and identify by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive x-ray analysis (SEM/EDX), several trace metal minerals in a mine-waste contaminated soil from Shipham, England. The heavy density (> 3.3 Mg m−3) fraction of this soil contained smithsonite, leadhillite, barite, rutile, goethite, and hematite. The scheme of particle separations appears effective in that the mineral fractions which constitute a minor fraction of a soil matrix can be isolated and identified directly.

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