Rare Earth Elements in a Speleothem Analyzed by ICP-MS, EDS, and Spectra Cathodoluminescence

Año Publicación:  2011
Responsable: A. Fernández-Cortes et al.
Journal, Volumen y páginas:
Spectroscopy Letters 44(7):474-479


A. Fernández-Cortes, S. Cuezva, E. García-Anton, J. García-Guinea & S. Sánchez-Moral


Spectra cathodoluminescence (CL) emissions of a stalactite from Castañar cave (west-central Spain) exhibit spatially resolved spectra patterns of Mn and rare earth elements (REE). Although the REE signal is smoothed in the speleothem background sample, the REE-enrichment in some growth layer derives from the presence of cerite, xenotime, monazite, and cerianite in the shale matrix. The spectra CL of both host rock and some calcite-aragonite layers show a wide range of spectral luminescence emissions attributed to REE, mainly Sm, Dy, and Ce. The high Mn-REE anomalies in the inner calcite-aragonite layer could indicate its growth during a phase with stronger weathering of host rock and a more active dynamic hydrology.

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