Mineralogical Characterization

Photomicrograph of pyrrhotite alteration to iron oxy-hydroxides as seen in thin sectionConsulting and engineering services are provided for characterization of mine waste materials with respect to Acid Rock Drainage (ARD) prediction. This includes: site investigation and sampling; sample preparation; petrographic analysis; scanning electron microscopy (SEM); x-ray diffractometry (XRD); electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and report preparation.

Typical Services include

  • mineralogical characterization
  • interpretation of degree of sulphide oxidation
  • interpretation of available mineralogical neutralization capacity
  • investigation of attenuation of metals by mineralogical sinks
  • prediction of potential for further mineralogical alteration

X-ray diffractogram of mine tailings samples

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