Trace Elements in a Pliocene-Pleistocene Lignite Profile from the Afsin-Elbistan Field, Eastern Turkey
We present the results of proximate and ultimate analyses, mineralogical determination, and trace element analysis of a lignite profile from the Afsin-Elbistan field (eastern Turkey). The lignite, which developed during the Pliocene-Pleistocene transition under freshwater lacustrine conditions, contains white gastropod (Planorbidae) shells composed of calcite and a little aragonite. Other identifiable mineral constituents, analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction, include quartz, pyrite, clay minerals, and rare feldspars. Petrographical studies demonstrate the immature nature of these lignites and very low degree of compaction during diagenesis. The mean concentrations of trace elements in the lignite, determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), show relative enrichment in Mo (avg. 20 ppm), W (avg. 15 ppm) and U (avg. 25 ppm) when compared to the global range for most coals, while the others (Ti, P, Sc, Be, Mn, Co, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Rb, Sr, Zr, Nb, Cs, Ba, Y, Ta, T , Pb, Bi, Th, La, Ce, Pr N , Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho Er, Yb, Lu) fall within their global ranges. Many of the trace elements show a good correlation with the ash yield, implying an inorganic affinity. However, Mo and Sr show a negative correlation with the ash yields and are thought to be organically associated. A lack of correlation of U with either the ash yield or the total sulfur content, together with its relative enrichment, suggests secondary mobility of this element.
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