Whole Rock Analysis
Both x-ray fluorescence (XRF) and ICP-AES instrument finishes can be used effectively for the major rock-forming elements following a fusion. These methods are not suitable for samples with base or precious metals mineralization. Specific commodities such as iron ore, bauxite, and base metal sulfides should be analyzed with packages designed for those sample types. Please see the Ores & Commodities section for more whole rock analysis options.
Trace Elements by Li Borate Fusion
A lithium borate fusion prior to acid dissolution and ICP-MS analysis provides the most quantitative analytical approach for a broad suite of trace elements. Options for adding the whole rock elements from an ICP-AES analysis on the same fusion, or base metals from a separate four acid digestion, are available.
Complete Characterization Packages
By combining a number of methods into one cost effective package, a complete sample characterization is obtained. These packages combine whole rock analysis, trace elements by fusion, aqua regia digestion for the volatile trace elements, carbon and sulfur by combustion analysis, and several detection limit options for the base metals. Other method combinations are available for complete characterization. Please enquire with your local client services team for more information. These packages are suitable only for unmineralized samples. To add gold analysis, please see the Precious Metals section.