"Twenty-four beach sand samples from the island of Puerto Rico were collected in 1964 by Dr. Ernst Bolter as part of a radiometric survey conducted by him. These samples were given to the author in 1969 for chemical analysis.
The purpose of this investigation was to conduct a geochemical reconnaissance study of the beach sands in order to determine the geochemical background and possible anomalies. This information could aid in offshore mineral exploration and source area determination.
This thesis presents the results of a quantitative chemical analysis for copper, lead, zinc, iron, manganese, aluminum, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and strontium in a silicate matrix by atomic absorption.
X-ray fluorescence was used as a semi-quantitative method to determine strontium, zirconium, and titanium in the heavy mineral fraction. X-ray diffraction was used in conjunction with fluorescence to determine the mineralogical matrices of the samples needed for the calculations.
A mineralogical analysis of the beach sands was also performed"--Abstract, page ii.
Grant, S. Kerry
Manuel, O. (Oliver), 1936-
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
M.S. in Geology
University of Missouri--Rolla
viii, 67 pages
© 1972 Louis Meinecke, III, All rights reserved.
Thesis - Open Access
Sand -- Puerto Rico
Geochemistry -- Puerto Rico
Chemistry, Analytic -- Quantitative
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Meinecke, Louis III, "A geochemical reconnaissance of Puerto Rican beach sands" (1972). Masters Theses. 4188.