Denver Microbeam Laboratory

Technique and Method Development

Our laboratory continually works to develop new methods or improve existing methods to analyze a variety of sample matrices.

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Date published: July 17, 2018
Status: Active

Trace Elements in Quartz, Rutile, and Zircon

Quartz is an ubiquitous mineral that forms in all geologic environments including diagenetic, metamorphic, plutonic, and volcanic settings. Quartz is relatively unreactive and is likely to preserve its geologic history. Trace elements in quartz offer clues to formation temperatures and pressures, fluid chemistry, and tectonic setting. Rutile and zircon are refractory minerals also found in a...

Date published: April 6, 2018
Status: Active

Denver Microbeam Laboratory: Mineral Resources Research Support

The USGS Denver Microbeam Laboratory provides chemical analysis and characterization of rocks, minerals, and environmental samples in support of a wide variety of USGS projects related to mineral resources, including research projects funded by the USGS Mineral Resources Program. The research applications for these projects range from mineral resource research and assessments, to geologic...

Date published: November 1, 2017
Status: Active

Department of Defense Lung Study

Between 2003 and the present, 2.2 million U.S. military personnel have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. These deployers have been variably exposed to desert dusts, smoke from burn pits, and urban particulate matter, and some have developed constrictive bronchiolitis. A study was undertaken to determine what, if any, markers were statistically different among biopsied lung tissue sections...

Date published: August 30, 2002
Status: Completed

Environmental Studies of the World Trade Center Area After the September 11, 2001 Attack

USGS scientists conducted a remote sensing and mineralogical characterization study of lower Manhattan around the WTC after the September 11, 2001 attack.