Lithium metaborate is an effective flux for silicates and other rock-forming minerals. An improved lithium metaborate fusion technique for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric analysis of felsic rocks is proposed. The determination of fluorine in silicate materials with a fluoride ion-selective electrode following fusion with lithium metaborate is described.
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