Lithology and Mineral Resources

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 391–394 | Cite as

Fractionation of rare earth elements in the acid treatment of granitoids

  • S. B. Felitsyn
  • N. A. Alfimova
  • E. V. Klimova


The relative enrichment of authigenic clay minerals with heavy rare earth elements (HREE) in Paleoproterozoic weathering profiles on the Baltic Shield is related to the presence of strong acids in drainage water. This is confirmed by the results of laboratory experiments on the treating granitoids by sulfuric acid solutions. Solutions obtained in the experiments exhibit the prevalence of potassium over sodium, whereas the concentration of potassium and sodium in initial granitoids is nearly the same.


Sulfuric Acid Solution Atmospheric Precipitation Baltic Shield Granitoid Rock Precambrian Geology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. B. Felitsyn
    • 1
  • N. A. Alfimova
    • 1
  • E. V. Klimova
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Precambrian Geology and GeochronologyRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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