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Intercomparison between FI-CL and ICP-MS for the determination of dissolved iron in Atlantic seawater


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Bowie, AR, Ussher, SJ, Landing, WM and Worsfold, PJ 2007 , 'Intercomparison between FI-CL and ICP-MS for the determination of dissolved iron in Atlantic seawater' , Environmental Chemistry, vol. 4, no. 1 , 1-Apr , doi: 10.1071/EN06073.

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Results from a 3-laboratory blind intercomparison exercise with two widely used analytical methods for the
determination of iron in seawater are presented. The two methods used are coprecipitation followed by isotope dilution
inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and chemical reduction to iron(ii) followed by flow injection
with chemiluminescence detection (FI-CL). The five samples used were collected from the South Atlantic Ocean as part
of the IRONAGES intercomparison exercise. To avoid any inter-bottle variability, the same sample bottles were sent
sequentially to three laboratories in England, Australia and the United States over a 12-month period. The results show
that there is no statistical difference (P =0.05) between the shipboard FI-CL method and the directly traceable, low blank,
isotope dilution ICP-MS method for the determination of iron in surface South Atlantic seawater. There was also excellent
agreement between the overall mean of the three laboratories (0.54±0.03 nM) and the consensus value from an earlier
community-wide separate bottle intercomparison using the same IRONAGES sample water (0.59±0.21 nM).

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bowie, AR and Ussher, SJ and Landing, WM and Worsfold, PJ
Keywords: biogeochemistry, environmental cycles, iron, seawater analysis.
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Chemistry
Publisher: CSIRO
ISSN: 1448-2517
DOI / ID Number: 10.1071/EN06073
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Copyright © 2007 CSIRO.

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