Acid washed sand

IanMc zebedeeboy at
Mon Sep 25 03:33:51 EST 2006

"Dr Engelbert Buxbaum" <engelbert_buxbaum at> wrote in message 
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> keaboletse Moemedi wrote:
>>  I do not have a commercial
>> sand but i want investigate the pigment of phytoplankton in surface
>> water. Please advice me how to prepare the sand which is not
>> commercially prepared.
> The usual way to do this is to boil sea sand (mostly SiO2) with
> hydrochloric acid to remove acid-soluble contamminants (in particular
> calcium carbonate) and then glow it to destroy organic matter.

What do you mean by glow it? Heat it until it glows?

Ian Mc 

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