Earth Science Software and Information

By: Geologynet  09-12-2011
Keywords: interpretation, Microscope

We offer contract field work, XRF, XRD and petrological analysis of rock and mineral samples particularly for the mining, petroleum, industrial minerals, environmental, health and safety industries. The following services are offered:

XRF is a non destructive elemental analysis technique. XRF has a detection limit of about 10ppm to 10000ppm (0.001 to 1%), depending on the composition and type of instrument. Prices are for basic elemental analysis with results given in percent of elements detected. We are unable to do some light elements (Be to K). XRF accuracy can vary upto 10%, but accuracy from 0.1% to 1% is more common. Sample sizes from 1mm to 30cm. Detectable elements are from Ti to U, depending on composition. The detectable range of my instrument is generally between 1%-99.99% for elements Ti-U.

Quantitative analysis for most jewellery and precious metal items. Gold jewellery, grains, nuggets and bar can be assayed for compositions from 1% to 99.99%. Similarly, silver, platinum and palladium jewellery can be assayed for compostions from 1% to 99.99%. A report is provided, giving elemental composition in percent, for example:

Au: 99.82%
Ag: 0.14%
Cu: 0.04%

with a chart showing element peaks.

I can also test minerals qualitatively for elements from Ti to U. For example, ore minerals such as galena, sphalerite, molybenite etc. Similarly, I can test metallic items for elements Ti to U to determine the type of metal.

Petrography is a microscopic technique for examining mineral samples to obtain information about their texture, structure and composition, usually for mining and exploration. Petrology is a wider study, encompassing chemical and field data, as well as petrographic data.

XRF1:

XRF analysis of sample/item. Includes written report and quantitative or qualitative XRF elemental analysis of the sample/item.

eg. jewellery, ore, scrap metal, mineral testing

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XRD1:

XRD analysis of mineral. Includes identification of mineral by XRD.


Photo1: Digital Photomicrograph
Digital photography with a polarizing microscope or stereo microscope. Price: AU$10.00 per photo.
Core1: Core Logging/Borehole Logging
Logging of drilling core/cuttings or borehole Price: AU$500.00 per day plus expenses.
Water1: Water Testing
eg: drinking water, pond/river/lake water, waste water. Tests for multuple criterea. $200.00

Field1: Field Work
eg: field surveying, well/drill site supervision, environment testing (water/soil/mine) , soil/chip sampling, photography
Geological field work  Price: AU$500.00 per day plus expenses

Research1: Research\Geological Work
eg: literature surveys, survey planning, aerial/satellite photo interp, wireline log/stratigraphy interp, contour/3d mapping/reserves, data analysis/interpretation/processing, systems design, geochemistry, mineralogy
Research/Geological Work  Price: AU$300.00 per day

Petrography is a microscopic technique for examining mineral samples to obtain information about their texture, structure and composition, usually for mining and exploration. Petrology is a wider study, encompassing chemical and field data, as well as petrographic data.

Petro1: General Petrology of Rock Samples
Petrological analysis of rock sample. Includes major and minor mineralogy, texture, structure and genetic interpretation. Analysis includes a written report and photo with interpretation of coarse sample, thin section and XRD scan. Price: AU$295.00 All inclusive.

Petro1a: Whole Rock Chemistry Addon for Igneous Rocks
Standard whole rock analysis by XRF and interpretation of results. Interpretation includes composition, normative mineralogy, chemical classification and genetic classification. Price: AU$200.00 extra

Petro1b: General Petrology of Rock Samples
Petrological analysis of rock sample. Includes major mineralogy only, texture, structure and genetic interpretation. Analysis includes a written report and photo with interpretation of coarse sample. Price: AU$40.00 All inclusive.

Petro2: Ore Petrology of Rock Samples
Petrological analysis of ore/rock sample containing economic minerals. Includes major and minor mineralogy, texture, structure, genetic interpretation and mineral processing interpretation. Analysis includes a written report and photo with interpretation of coarse sample, polished section and XRD scan. Price: AU$295.00 All inclusive.

Petro2b: Ore Petrology of Rock Samples
Petrological analysis of ore/rock sample containing economic minerals. Includes major mineralogy only, texture, structure, genetic interpretation. Analysis includes a written report and photo with interpretation of coarse sample. Price: AU$40.00 All inclusive.

Petro3: Ore Dressing
Petrological analysis of feed, concentrate or tailing samples. Includes major and minor mineralogy, particle size, liberation, slime/gangue mineral information. Analysis includes a written report with interpretation of coarse sample and photo, polished section and XRD scan. Price: AU$295.00 All inclusive.

Petro4: Mineral Sands Mineral Identification
  Identification of economic minerals in mineral sand samples. Analysis includes a written report and photo with interpretation of coarse sample, polished section and XRD scan. Price: AU$295.00 All inclusive.  Includes written report.

Petro4b: Mineral Sands Mineral Identification
  Identification of economic minerals in mineral sand samples. Includes major mineralogy only and grain sizes. Analysis includes a written report and photo with interpretation of coarse sample. Price: AU$40.00 All inclusive.  Includes written report.

Petro5: Diagenetic Petrology of Rock Samples
Petrological analysis of rock sample with emphasis on reservoir characteristics and post depositional alteration affecting porosity and permeability. Includes major and minor mineralogy, clay mineralogy, texture, structure, porosity and permeability characteristics and genetic interpretation. Analysis includes a written report and photo with interpretation of coarse sample, thin section and XRD scan. Price: AU$495.00 All inclusive.

Explor1: Diamond Indicator Mineral Identification
Microscopic examination of stream sediment samples for diamond indicator minerals. Includes written report. Price: AU$20.00 per sample.
Photo1: Digital Photomicrograph
Digital photography with a polarizing microscope or stereo microscope. Price: AU$10.00 per photo. Terms and Conditions

All payments for lab work must be made in advance by direct debit or credit card. Field work is paid 50% up front, 50% upon completion.

All work is guaranteed.

Send Samples with Payment to:

MinServ (Mineral Services)

5 Cassia Crt, Wantirna

Vic, AUSTRALIA

Ph: 03 9887 2315

Fax: 03 9887 2315

Intl Ph: +61-3-901 89478

Intl Fax: +61-3-980 13241


Lab Equipment

Trinocular Petrographic Microscope

Trinocular Ore Microscope

Trinocular Stereo Microscope

Spectroscope

UV/VIS/NIR Spectrometer

XRF Spectrometer

Refractometer

Evironment Testing Kit (pH, TDS, Alkalinity, Acidity, O2, CO2, Hardness, Salinity, Phosphorous, Nitrogen, Potash etc.)

8" Flat Lap for Grinding/Polishing

10" Vibrating Lap for Grinding/Polishing

Hand Lapping Plates

7" Diamond Trim Saw

14" Diamond Slab Saw

6 Ton Hydraulic Press

Slide Holders

2.8GHz Core2Duo Windows Vista/7 PC with 24" LCD

Toshiba 2.2GHz Core2Duo Laptop with 15" Screen

Panasonic Toughbook Win XP

2x IBM Thinkpads WinXP

1.3MP Digital Microscope Camera

QHY8 Long Exposure Peltier Cooled Digital Camera for Fluorescence/Low Light Applications

Canon 40D Digital SLR

Toshiba DV Camera

SW/LW UV Lamp

Geiger Counter

Liquid Limit Soil Tester

Digital Scales 0.01g and 0.1g Sensitivity

Lab Sieve Set and Shaker

Glassware/Labware

Oven

Hardness Points

Compass/Clinometer

Laser Distance Measuring Device

Borehole Camera 

Petrol Auger Drill

Garmin Vista GPS

Cable Internet and Wireless N Network Router

USB Mobile Internet

Mobile Phone

Fax

Color Inkjet Printer

Laser Printer

Film and Paper Scanner

Vehicles

2003 GM Holden 4WD

2003 Savage Gannet and 30hp Mercury

16ft Caravan

Software

Microsoft Office

Corel Draw

Adobe Photoshop

Quickbooks

Microsoft Visual Studio Net and V6

Garmin City Navigator

Kompozer

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows 7

Scientific Software

Winrock

Xrdcalc

Drillholems

Minspectra 

DTSAII

Images Plus

Physical, Optical, Chemical Property Databases

etc.


The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: interpretation, Microscope