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Used in borate fusion sample preparation of various samples for analysis by XRF, AAS, ICP-MS, ICP-AES and ICP-OES. Used to determine the trace level of elements in contaminated soil. Useful fod dissolving acidic oxides such as SiO2, and Fe2O3. A mixture of lithium metaborate and lithium tetraborate is useful for dissolving most of the inorganic oxides to enable spectrochemical analysis.
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Reimann, C.; Filzmoser, P.; Fabian, K.; Hron, K. Birke, M.; Demetriades, A.; Dinelli, E.; Ladenberger, A. The concept of compositional data analysis in practice - Total major element concentrations in agricultural and grazing land soils of Europe. Sci. Total Environ. 2012, 426, 196-210.