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MINSQ - a least squares spreadsheet method for calculating mineral proportions from whole rock major element analyses

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Herrmann, W and Berry, RF, MINSQ - a least squares spreadsheet method for calculating mineral proportions from whole rock major element analyses, Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 2, (4) pp. 361-368. ISSN 1467-7873 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1144/1467-787302-010

Abstract

MINSQ is a spreadsheet adaptation of the least squares method that utilizes the Solver tool in Microsoft ExcelTM to quantitatively estimate the proportions of constituent minerals in rocks from whole rock lithogeochemical data. It is simple to use and easily and interactively adaptable to observed mineral or normative assemblages. The structure facilitates input of actual mineral analyses for individual rock samples. The spreadsheet format and the numerical Solver tool in Microsoft ExcelTM put the user in a powerful position to adapt this method to a wide range of numerical problems in geochemistry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geochemistry
Research Field:Geochemistry not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Author:Herrmann, W (Mr Walter Herrmann)
Author:Berry, RF (Associate Professor Ron Berry)
ID Code:24761
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-05
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