Concentrations of trace elements in carbonate reference materials coral JCp-1 and giant clam JCt-1 by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry

Mayuri Inoue, Masato Nohara, Takashi Okai, Atsushi Suzuki, Hodaka Kawahata

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Trace elements in the Geological Survey of Japan carbonate reference materials Coral JCp-1 and Giant Clam JCt-1 were determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry after digestion with 2% v/v HNO3. A standard addition method was adopted in this determination in order to neutralise the Ca matrix effect. In addition, Sc, Y, In and Bi were used as internal standards to control the matrix effect and correct instrumental drift. Of the eighteen elements measured in JCp-1, precisions for fourteen elements, including Cu, Cd and Ba, were better than 10% RSD and concentrations ranged from 0.002 μg g-1 (Cs) to 8.02 μg g-1 (Ba). The concentrations of measured trace elements in JCt-1, except for Cu, were lower than those in JCp-1. Precisions for all elements with concentrations higher than 0.04 μg g-1 in JCf-1 were also better than 10% RSD and concentrations were found to be between 0.001 μg g-1 (Cs) and 4.84 μg g-1 (Ba). The concentrations of more than fifteen trace elements in the aragonite reference materials are reported here for the first time. Both reference materials are suitable for use in geochemical studies of environmental reconstruction based upon biogenic carbonate materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-416
Number of pages6
JournalGeostandards and Geoanalytical Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Coral JCp-1
  • Giant clam JCt-1
  • ICP-MS
  • Reference material
  • Trace elements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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