The concentrations of five chalcophile elements (Pb, Cd, In, Tl and Ag) and the lead isotope rarios in ancient ices from the Taylor Dome near coastal Antarctica, have been determined by the isotope dilutionthermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS), with ultra-clean laboratory techniques. The samples were selected from segments of cores, one of which included a visible ash layer. Electric conductivity measurement (ECM) or dielectric properties (DEP) gave distinctive sharp peaks for some of the samples c hosen. Exterior portions of the sample segments were trimmed away by methods described here. Samples w ere evaporated to dryness and later separated into fractions for the five elements using an HBr-HNO3 a nion exchange column method. The concentrations are in the range 2.62-36.7 pg Pb/g of ice, 0.413-2.83 pg Cd/g, 0.081-0.34 pg In/g, 0.096-2.8 pg Tl/g and 0.15-0.84 pg Ag/g. respectively. The dispersions in duplicate analyses are about ??1% for lead and cadmium, ??2% for indium. ??4% for thallium and ??6% for silver, respectively. The concentrations of lead obtained are commonly higher than those in the present-day Antarctic surface snows, but the isotope ratios are distinctively higher than those of the present-day snows and close to those of the other ancient ice collected from a different Antarctic area.
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Determination of lead, cadmium, indium, thallium and silver in ancient ices from Antarctica by isotope dilution-thermal ionization mass spectrometry