The Earth is made up of different materials - mineral, animal and vegetable. Within the inorganic world (mineral), there is considerable variation - more than 4,000 different minerals are known to occur naturally, which combine in various ways to form 3 main rock groups (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic), which in turn give rise to hundreds of different rock types, all of which need to be described, identified and quantified by geoscientists for various purposes (scientific and commercial).
FEI Solutions for Geoscience
Our automated mineralogy solutions allow geoscientists to quickly and objectively create digital mineral and texture maps of rocks, soil, sediment and man-made materials using fully intergrated scanning electron microscope (SEM) based technology, in combination with energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and advanced image analysis. This new methodology has changed the way we look at earth materials, and is driving advancements in the field of petrology.