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Fluid Inclusion Techniques of Analysis

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T.J. Shepherd
T.J. Shepherd
British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, United Kingdom NG12 SGG
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A.H. Rankin
A.H. Rankin
School of Geological Sciences, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom KT1 2EE
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Published:
January 01, 1998

Abstract

Few areas of geochemistry have challenged the ingenuity and patience of researchers as much as the analysis of fluid inclusions (see reviews by Roedder, 1972, 1984, 1990; Hollister, 1981; Shepherd et al., 1985; Boiron and Dubessy, 1994). From simple optical techniques to the use of particle accelerators, no stone has been left unturned in the search for analytical perfection. Progress has been painfully slow and, by comparison with methods for the analysis of rocks and minerals, we are still in the rudimentary stages of development. The last five years, however, have seen a quantum leap in progress, largely as a result of rapid advances in microbeam technology that have established new standards in sensitivity, precision, and accuracy. Though rooted historically in the study of ore deposits, many of the recent breakthroughs have been pioneered by analysts in the petroleum and materials science industries. in the wider field of chemistry, techniques tend to fall into two categories: those for organic and those for inorganic constituents. The situation is very similar with regard to elemental and isotope analysis. This has tended to polarize studies of the composition of fluid inclusions much to the detriment of all concerned, in particular those geologists concerned with the genesis of low-temperature, sediment-hosted hydrothermal deposits where organic material plays an important role in the distribution of ore minerals. Fortunately, technology transfer is now resulting in hybrid instruments that offer multiple capabilities and should lead to a substantial broadening of opportunities and applications.

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Reviews in Economic Geology

Techniques in Hydrothermal Ore Deposits Geology

Jeremy P. Richards
Jeremy P. Richards
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E3
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Peter B. Larson
Peter B. Larson
Department of Geology Washington State University Pullman, Washington 99164
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Society of Economic Geologists
Volume
10
ISBN electronic:
9781629490175
Publication date:
January 01, 1998

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