Characterization and Identification of Mineral Unknowns: A Mineralogy Term Project
David Moecher January 2004 Journal of Geoscience Education vol 52 number 1, p 5-9

This article discusses single term undergraduate mineralogy course completion of a project involving the characterization and identification of mineral unknowns. These identifications are based on physical properties, unit cell parameters or d-spacings determined from powder X-ray diffraction scans, chemical composition determined on an electron microbeam instrument, and optical properties determined with a petrographic microscope. Each phase of the project is timed to compliment the sequence of concepts covered in mineralogy lecture and lab. Such a project serves to illustrate applications of methods discussed in lecture and to pique the interest of students for pursuing mineralogic research projects later in their careers.




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Subject: Education, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, X-ray Techniques
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources, :Overview/Summary, Course Information, Journal Article
Topics: Solid Earth:Mineralogy:X-ray Techniques, Mineral Analysis