Schonland Research Centre for Nuclear Sciences

Ion-Beam Microprobe

Analysis of Carbonado

Council for GeoSciences : RJ Hart
Atomic Energy Corporation : M Andreoli
SRCNS : SH Connell, P Formenti

One of the great geological mysteries, little is known of Carbonado (a rare, natural material harder than diamond). Elemental maps and spot analyses of Carbonado by microPIXE have been completed for the heavy elements. Similar analysis is scheduled for the lighter elements. The data may reveal clues to the genesis and possible later processes affecting this rock-type.

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                                                                                                                        Last updated: 5 October 1998