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Chemical Staining Techniques for Drill Core Characterization


Parbhakar-Fox, A and Fox, N and Moltzen, J and Lottermoser, B, Chemical Staining Techniques for Drill Core Characterization, Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining, Springer International Publishing, B Lottermoser (ed), Switzerland, pp. 97-114. ISBN 978-3-319-42729-4 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42731-7_6


Accurate mineralogical identification is critical across the mining value chain from host rock characterization and alteration mapping, to mineral processing and environmental management. Advanced techniques for rapid mineralogical identification in drill core including hyperspectral scanners (e.g., HyLogger™, Corescan™) are becoming increasingly available to the mining industry. However, their high associated costs and logistical problems with deploying to field sites means that these techniques are not yet ubiquitously available. Mineral specific chemical staining techniques for carbonate and feldspar minerals offer a rapid and cheap alternative to hyperspectral scanning and more traditional mineral identification techniques (e.g., X-ray diffractometry, electron microprobe analysis). This contribution provides an updated review of chemical staining procedures for carbonate and feldspar minerals and how they can be used to map the distribution and texture of these minerals in drill core. Used under controlled health and safety conditions, chemical staining of drill core can assist with identification and mapping of these minerals during exploration activities (i.e., resolving alteration assemblages), feasibility studies (i.e., indicating ore grindability and flotation cell pH) and environmental assessments (i.e., domaining short and long term acid neutralization capacity).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:acid mine drainage, sulfide oxidation, mine waste management
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Geology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Parbhakar-Fox, A (Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox)
UTAS Author:Fox, N (Dr Nathan Fox)
UTAS Author:Moltzen, J (Mr Jake Moltzen)
UTAS Author:Lottermoser, B (Professor Bernd Lottermoser)
ID Code:112019
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2016-10-21
Last Modified:2018-04-23

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