Developing Analytical Techniques for Platinum Group Elements in Hydrothermal Vent and Sediment Pore Fluids
DOEI Project Funded: 2001
The project aims at developing analytical techniques for platinum
group elements in small fluid samples (pore waters, vent fluids)
to investigate the mobility of these elements in deep-sea sediments
and hydrothermal systems. We will investigate the mobility of platinum
group elements experimentally under hydrothermal conditions using
ultramafic rocks from the Earth's mantle as a starting material.
Results from this project will elucidate the effects hydrothermal
alteration of ultramafic rocks has on the platinum group element
budget of seawater, and enable us to pursue future studies of platinum
group element mobility in hydrothermal systems.
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