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Geological Monitoring Applications

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    Determination of mercury in soil, bottom sediments, and geological materials

    INTRODUCTION

    Analysis of soils and bottom sediments for mercury content is one of the most common analyses in the monitoring of environmental pollution. Background mercury concentrations in these objects are 10–100 μg/kg and in the polluted areas they exceed 10,000 μg/kg.

    By Lumex Instruments Group based in Mission, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

  • Geotechnical Applications

    Pore pressure variability and control is one of the most significant aspects of Geotechnical Engineering practice related to slope stability, underground openings, foundation of heavy structures, and water retention facilities. Pore pressure effects are most often controlled by natural small-scale hydrogeologic details. Characterization and management of pore pressures requires closely-arrayed repeated measurements to determine the effects of these details for design of appropriate mitigation measures, for performance monitoring and control of the selected mitigation measure. Since the late 1970’s the Westbay System has been used on some of the largest landslide studies in the world.

    By Westbay Instruments based in Burnaby, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

  • Geochemical Fingerprinting of Coltan Minerals Using LIBS

    LIBS spectra contains rich composition information that can help analysts identify the origin or source of geological samples. Read this application note to discover how Applied Spectra’s J200 LIBS Instrument identifies coltan mineral ores important for electronic manufacturing from conflict zones. Request this application note at http://appliedspectra.com/applications/application-notes.html

    By Applied Spectra, Inc. (ASI) based in Fremont, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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