Tellurium Content of Marine Manganese Oxides and Other Manganese Oxides

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Science  20 Dec 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3599, pp. 1568-1569
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3599.1568


Tellurium in amounts ranging from 5 to 125 parts per million was present in all of 12 samples of manganese oxide nodules from the floor of the Pacific and Indian oceans. These samples represent the first recognized points of high tellurium concentration in a sedimentary cycle. The analyses may lend support to the theory that the minor-element content of sea-floor manganese nodules is derived from volcanic emanations.