Developments in mineralogical techniques - What about mineralogists?

Schouwstra, R. P. and Smit, A. J. (2011) Developments in mineralogical techniques - What about mineralogists?. Minerals Engineering, 24 12: 1224-1228. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2011.02.002

Author Schouwstra, R. P.
Smit, A. J.
Title Developments in mineralogical techniques - What about mineralogists?
Language of Title eng
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
Language of Journal Name eng
ISSN 0892-6875
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.mineng.2011.02.002
Volume 24
Issue 12
Start page 1224
End page 1228
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Conventional mineralogy was mainly based on optical microscopic techniques. Years of experience in studying ore and gangue minerals using an optical microscope allowed for quick identification of minerals, opinions on abundances of certain minerals, liberation, required grind size and reasons for high mass pulls or tailings losses. More detailed investigations involving point counting techniques, XRD and chemical methods provided additional information to quantify certain aspects of the problem studied. Developments in automation of SEM-based techniques, computerised XRD processing and identification, imaging software, etc. has impacted on the tasks of mineralogists. Future equipment developments and the implementation of plant systems will probably minimise the need for experienced mineralogists for the more routine applications. This publication discusses how processing requirements have driven developments on current systems. The changing role of mineralogists is discussed, as well as knowledge and experience requirements to drive applied or process mineralogy forward.
Keyword Automated mineralogy
Plant based system
Role of mineralogist
Knowledge requirements
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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