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Geometallurgy: Deportment

November 6, 2023

More than anything when I first heard about deportment, I liked the word, but I knew nothing about it. Therefore, my natural next step was to ask questions, read some papers, and generally learn more about it. The first thing…

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Geometallurgy: Penalties and Credits

October 24, 2023

Blog miniseries along common themes are the best! Through the end of 2023 we are going to dive into geometallurgy from a geochemistry-adjacent perspective (keeping it simple, keeping it relevant, and hoping every geoscientist learns one small thing per blog).…

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The fathers of spectroscopy, a series: Albert Einstein

August 24, 2023

We started off this series with a glass prism and the creation of the visible spectrum (Herschel) and since progressed through theories of light behaving as a wave and light (Maxwell) behaving as a particle (Planck). Now, let’s conclude our…

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The fathers of spectroscopy, a series, Max Planck

The fathers of spectroscopy, a series: Max Planck

August 9, 2023

Of the many substantial contributions to theoretical physics, Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck’s fame rests heavily on his role as the originator of quantum theory, which revolutionized human understanding (and Marvel movie subplots) of atomic and subatomic processes. The discovery…

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The fathers of spectroscopy, a series, James Clerk Maxwell

The fathers of spectroscopy, a series: James Clerk Maxwell

July 5, 2023

Last post we covered the foundation for which spectroscopy was built, the work of Sir William Herschel, who discovered the infrared through his experiments. Continuing our journey, James Clerk Maxwell was a Scottish mathematician and scientist responsible for the classical…

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The fathers of spectroscopy, a series, Sir William Herschel

The fathers of spectroscopy, a series: Sir William Herschel

June 26, 2023

Spectroscopy is the study of the absorption, reflectance, and emission of electromagnetic radiation (e.g., light) by matter, measured as a function of wavelength (or frequency). It is used as a tool for characterizing the structures of atoms and molecules by…

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Orientation Survey: pXRF

January 25, 2023

pXRF has many applications both within and outside of mining and mineral exploration. In no industry has a vendor ever told a client to take the pXRF, point, shoot, and voilà – you now have a robust dataset that is…

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Periodic Table of Elements and Conversion Factors

Orientation Surveys: Rocks

January 19, 2023

Perhaps a bit unconventional for these blog posts, but I want this to revolve front and center around this amazing resource I found from ALS Labs in the depths of my hard drive… a periodic table of the elements that…

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Orientation Study Residual Soil Geochemistry

Orientation Study: Residual Soil Geochemistry

January 11, 2023

As discussed in our first installment, orientation studies should enable the selection of optimum field, laboratory and interpretation procedures. Ideally, these procedures should allow for the clear resolution of significant anomalous patterns, with as little overlap as possible between anomalous…

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Stages of a Geochemistry Program

January: A Month of Orientation Surveys

January 4, 2023

Orientation survey. Of course you *should* know what this term means… you think to yourself… Stop googling for half baked answers and stay tuned this January to our blog, where we are going to break down this term and show…

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