Identifying Buddingtonite

Buddingtonite as a Pathfinder Mineral
for Gold and Silver

Buddingtonite can be identified using NIR reflectance spectroscopy. A field NIR spectrometer delivers fast scanning, multiple information from each scan and has no sample preparation or any effect on the sample. Every mineral produces a distinct NIR spectra that can be used for identification. Buddingtonite exhibits absorption features at 1560nm, 2020nm and 2120nm. The 2120nm feature is the main absorption feature that distinguishes buddingtonite from other minerals.

Working with an oreXpress or SR-6500 field spectrometer from Spectral Evolution, a geologist can identify buddingtonite in the field by scanning at an outcrop, bench or pit. The spectrometers are also used to quickly scan core and save the data in a core shack.

The oreXpress and SR-6500 spectrometers cover the spectral range from 350-2500nm. The oreXpress offers high resolution/high sensitivity, while the SR-6500 is an ultra high resolution instrument. Both are designed for field use with a rugged and durable chassis, battery power for a full day of scanning and a backpack for portability. They can be equipped with contact probes to provide consistent illumination for scanning your samples.

These spectrometers are available with EZ-ID mineral identification software and access to three mineral spectral libraries: the USGS library and the optional SpecMIN and GeoSPEC libraries for a total of  2600 spectra of over 1000 minerals. EZ-ID allows a geologist to perform un-mixing of minerals in a sample using match regions to focus on different absorption features for different minerals.

EZ-ID provides over 2600 spectra for more than 1000 minerals. Above is a sample spectra matched to a buddingtonite sample in the optional SpecMIN library.