A technique for separation of Mg, with 100% yield from low-Mg biogenic carbonates has been developed suitable for high precision analysis of Mg isotopes by multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Two separate stages of ion-exchange chromatography were carried out using cation exchange resin, AG50W-X12 with a Mg recovery >99.9%. The repeatability of the Mg isotope ratio measurement using this technique including chemistry and mass spectrometry is ±0.14‰ on δ26Mg and ±0.09‰ on δ25Mg at 95% confidence. This was demonstrated using a synthetic solution (Na : Mg : Ca : Sr = 2 : 1 : 100 : 1 in weight) over a period of six months. The robustness of the technique was further assessed by replicate analyses of three natural samples, seawater, foraminifera and dolomite. A total variation over 4.5‰ on δ26Mg was observed and the Mg isotope composition of seawater was 2.59 ± 0.14‰ on δ26Mg and 1.33 ± 0.09‰ on δ25Mg which were the highest isotope ratios among the samples measured.
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- Analytical Chemistry