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X-Ray Diffraction of mineral and ore specimens in New Mexico

New Mexico Bureau of Geology - NM Tech.
801 Leroy Place Socorro, NM 87801
Attn: Virgil Lueth 505 835-5140

Send a sample of your material, approximately 1" square, which will be crushed and x-rayed for mineral content and analyses. I would also send another piece that he could relate to in the description.
Send check for $30.00 to:
NMBGMR-NM Tech and write X-Ray Lab in memo area of check.

Expect approximately two or three weeks for letter of analyses to be returned to you by mail. You might speed things up by calling Virgil first to inform him you are sending the samples in.

We send all our rock here.

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Analytical Laboratory

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) Analytical Laboratory offers a wide range of analytical services on geologic and environmental materials. Instrumentation includes Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) with laser ablation, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS), Ion Chromatography (IC), X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF), and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Other services include gold-silver and platinum-group elements (PGE) using classic Fire Assay with either gravimetric or spectroscopic finish, and major and trace element analyses of rocks, soils, sediments, vegetation, and water. Please follow the links to each instrument for more detailed descriptions.

$50.00 (out of state) for X-ray Testing

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Example Pictures are not necessarily the highest of grade, rather a good example of a common look from a particular mine.

I will continue to add to This list and eventually attempt to have a listing of all turquoise mines that have existed in Nevada. I need your help! If you know of another legitimate mining operation or old mine claim in Nevada, contact me at: durangodillon@gmail.com

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