, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 211-218

An experimental evaluation of cleaning methods for fossil ostracod Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca determination

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To evaluate the effect of sample preparation on the trace element composition of ostracod shells, fossil shells subjected to various cleaning steps were analyzed by ICP-AES. The variations in ostracod Mg/Ca ratios reveal that fossil ostracod samples cleaned by ultrasonic methanol yield lower values than those by other methods, including increasingly rigorous reductive cleaning. In our sample sets, shell Mg/Ca decreases ∼ ∼1.5 mmol/mol during clay removal. Sample Sr/Ca results do not seem to vary significantly under the equivalent cleaning steps. For ostracod analysis, pre-treatment using multiple methanol ultrasonic cleaning is suggested to be used for gaining an appropriate result.