Mossbauer investigation of characteristic distribution of iron oxides in sediments from the Antarctica

E. Kuzmann, V. K. Garg, P. A. De Souza Júnior, L. A. Schuch, A. C. De Oliveira, Z. Homonnay, A. Vértes

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Sediments from the Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica, were investigated by 57Fe Mossbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, and radiometry. Quartz, feldspar, chlorite, calcite, dolomite, mica, kaolinite, hematite and magnetite were identified as constituent minerals in the sediment samples. The phase composition and the iron distribution among the crystallographic sites of iron-bearing minerals (silicates, magnetite and hematite) of samples from different location have been derived from the complex Mossbauer spectra. At different locations sediments had significant characteristic differences in the mineral composition, in the iron distribution among the crystallographic site of silicates, and in the specific radioactivity of Cs radionuclides. These results indicate differences in the rock formation and alteration by the sediments in this maritime part of Antarctica. There is a much higher amount of iron oxides in the sediments from south part of the geological fault across the Admiralty Bay than in the north part. This can be associated with much more alteration in the rocks in the south part compared to the northern one. This finding can contribute to the question of the history of the formation and alteration of volcanic rocks in the border of Antarctica.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 30 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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