Petrology & Mineralogy

ServicesPetrology & Mineralogy

Petrology & Mineralogy 

Optical microscopy (transmission and reflected light) on thin sections, and polished thin sections (made in house) to produce petrographic descriptions that encompass mineralogy, textures and characterisation of samples. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) are used in conjunction to overcome the limitations of optical microscopy.

Townend Mineralogy Laboratories specialises in the following:

Rocks/Core Samples Petrographic descriptions of thin sections and polished thin sections, including mineralogy, textures, rock types and paragenesis.
Ore Samples Petrographic/mineragraphic descriptions of ore and gangue minerals.
Metallurgical Samples Mounting of ore test products on slides to evaluate issues with recovery. Townend Mineralogy Laboratory has considerable global experience in the evaluation of: Iron ore, Gold, Base Metals, Uranium, Rare Earths, Mineral sands, and Graphite.
Point-Counting Modal analysis of samples.