Care and attention begin prior to any sample collection. Rock and core samples are dried then prepared by particle size reduction to produce a homogeneous sub-sample which is representative of the original sample. For most analytical methods, this sub-sample will undergo some form of dissolution and decomposition. Each sample decomposition procedure has its own advantages and limitations. The final technique used for the determination of elements is dependant on the required detection levels of the elements of interest.
AcmeLabs welcomes and encourages discussion with the geoscientist to determine the most appropriate analytical scheme of preparation, digestion and analysis to match the needs of their program. To this end, AcmeLabs have developed mineral deposit specific analytical packages for consideration.