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Boron isotope fractionation accompanying formation of potassium, sodium and lithium borates from boron-bearing solutions

Geochemical Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3, P. 149-163, 2007


A series of experiments was conducted in which boron minerals were precipitated by water evaporation from solutions containing boron and potassium, sodium or lithium at 25°C, and boron isotope fractionation accompanying such mineral precipitation was investigated. In the boron-potassium ion system, K2[B4O5(OH)4]·2H2O, santite (K[B5O6(OH)4]·2H2O), KBO2·1.33H2O, KBO2·1.25H2O and sassolite (B(OH)3) were found deposited as boron minerals. Borax (Na2[B4O5(OH)4·8H2O) was found deposited in the boron-sodium ion system, and Li2B2O4·16H2O, Li2B4O7·5H2O, Li2B10O16·10H2O, LiB2O3(OH)·H2O and sassolite in the boron-lithium ion system. The boron isotopic analysis was conducted for santite, K2[B4O5(OH)4]·2H2O, borax and Li2B2O4·16H2O. The separation factor, S, defined as the 11B/10B isotopic ratio of the precipitate divided by that of the solution, ranged from 0.991 to 1.012. Computer simulations for modeling boron mineral formations, in which polyborates were decomposed into three coordinated BO3 unit and four coordinated BO4 unit for the purpose of calculation of their boron isotopic reduced partition function ratios, were attempted to estimate the equilibrium constant, KB, of the boron isotope exchange between the boric acid molecule (B(OH)3) and the monoborate anion (B(OH)4-). As a result, the KB value of 1.015 to 1.029 was obtained. The simulations indicated that the KB value might be dependent on the kind of boron minerals, which qualitatively agreed with molecular orbital calculations independently carried out.


boron isotopes, boron minerals, boron isotope fractionation, separation factor, reduced partition function ratio

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