Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 249, Issue 2, pp 355–360 | Cite as

On the origin of some red soils from Sardinia (Italy): A neutron activation analysis investigation

  • N. Genova
  • S. MeloniEmail author
  • M. Oddone
  • P. Melis


In Sardinia, the Italian island in the middle of the MediterraneanSea, there are many red soils developed on limestone or dolomite. Soil andunderlying bedrock samples from 5 different sites have been submitted to chemicaland mineralogical characterization, by using standard X-ray diffraction analysis,spectrochemical methods and instrumental neutron activation analysis. Obtainedresults are presented and discussed in terms of precision and accuracy. Traceelement concentration variation with depth is discussed as well as the enrichment/depletionratios between soils and rocks, and the rare-earth element distribution. Dataanalysis suggests for some soils a formation process based on the evolutionof the underlying bedrock, and for the other soils a formation process partlybased on the evolution of the local rock but with meaningful contributionsof external sources, both eolian and/or alluvial.


Dolomite Diffraction Analysis Formation Process Neutron Activation Analysis Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Italian National Research Council Center for Radiochemistry and Activation Analysis, General Chemistry DepartmentUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Environment, Agriculture and BiotechnologiesUniversity of SassariSassariItaly

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