Magnetic Susceptbility

Magnetic Susceptibility – Magnetite

Magnetite (Fe3SO4) is a mixed valence iron mineral shown to react with PCE, TCE, and carbon tetrachloride.  Furthermore, Ferrey et al. (2004) conclusively linked the observed degradation of cis-DCE at a former ammunition plant to magnetite in the subsurface.  No direct chemical test is available for quantification of magnetite.  However, magnetite is the most abundant mineral in natural sediments that exhibits magnetic behavior.  Therefore, magnetic susceptibility provides an inexpensive and valuable estimate of the quantity of magnetite in environmental samples.