In determining lead in monazite [(Ce,La,Th)PO4]--to be used as the basis for geologic age measurements--it was necessary to eliminate interferences due to the presences of phosphates of thorium and the rare-earth metals.
The method, in which monazite samples are attacked with hot concentrated sulfuric acid, taken up with dilute nitric acid, lead extracted as the dithizonate and then determined spectrophotometrically at 520 mμ, was successfully applied to a series of monazite samples. Rapid determinations were made with good reproducibility.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||A dithizone method for the determination of lead in monazite|
|Series title||Trace Elements Investigations|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|