The determination of lead isotope ratios and concentrations in open and coastal sea-water by a combination of chelating resin (Chelex-100) preconcentration and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry is described. The 206Pb:204Pb, 208Pb:204, 207Pb:208Pb and 206Pb:207Pb isotope ratios were measured with relative standard deviations of 1.2, 0.9, 0.1 and 0.3%, respectively. The accuracy of the isotopic data was checked with reference materials, National Research Council Canada NASS-3 Open Ocean Sea-water and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Standards Reference Material (SRM) 981 Lead, Common Isotopic, and compared with those in other work. The results revealed that the proposed method was applicable to the measurement of lead isotope ratios in sea-water with precision adequate to be able to discuss the origin of lead. The detection limit was 0.8 ng l–1.
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Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
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