Rock and Drill Core | Acme Labs

By: Acme Labs  09-12-2011

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.

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Water | Acme Labs

The following table summarizes the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection’s recommendations for sample preservation and holding times which should be considered when planning your sampling and choosing a method of delivery for samples.


Vegetation | Acme Labs

Factors to be considered include collecting a single species and sampling the same part of this species in order to compare “apples with apples”; also the same age of plant and same time of year. Depending on the size of the plant and particularly the size of its root system, this can provide the geologist with a significant geochemical signature.


Soil, Till and Sediment | Acme Labs

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Services | Acme Labs

Sample preparation is a large part of our business because most samples require preparation prior to analysis and because correct preparation is critical to obtaining appropriate and correct results. Acme routinely processes a wide range of sample types including, rocks, drill core, drill cuttings, soils, stream sediments, till, clay and water.