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Total Elements (Includes Phosphorus, Sulfur, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Boron, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper And Molybdenum)

Water Totals: P, K, S, Ca, Mg, Na, B, Zn, Mn, Fe, Cu, Al, Cd, Cr, Pb, Mo, Ni


This method quantitatively determines the concentration of the listed elements and additional elements as requested using nitric acid/hydrogen peroxide closed vessel microwave digestion.  Analysis is by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES).

Typical method detection limits listed below may vary depending on matrix composition

MDL 0.5 mg/L:  Al, Ca, K, Mg, Na, S

MDL 0.1 mg/L: P, Pb;

MDL 0.05 mg/L: B, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Zn.

Sah, R. N. and Miller, R. O. 1992. Spontaneous reaction for acid dissolution of biological tissues in closed vessels. Anal. Chem. 64:230-233.

Meyer, G. A. and Keliher, P. N. 1992. An overview of analysis by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry. p. 473-516. In: A. Montaser and D.W. Golightly (ed.) Inductively coupled plasmas in analytical atomic spectrometry. VCH Publishers Inc. New York, NY.