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Preparation of peat samples for inorganic geochemistry used as palaeoenvironmental proxies

Author(s): G. Le Roux | F. De Vleeschouwer

Journal: Mires and Peat
ISSN 1819-754X

Volume: 7;
Issue: 04;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: acid digestion | freeze-drying | grinding | X-ray fluorescence

This article provides a brief review of protocols used in peat inorganic geochemistry. We emphasise the key issues that could lead to inter-comparison problems. For each section (drying, grinding, non-destructive analyses, acid digestions and destructive analyses), recommendations are provided to guide the reader through an idealised protocol, which is the only workable approach for studies incorporating long-term comparisons.
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