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73rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section

Welcoming Reception and Map and Art Blast
5:30–8:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom

The 2024 Meeting of the Southeastern Section of GSA will be held in Asheville, North Carolina, on 15–16 April. Asheville offers easy access to the world-class geology of the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Valley and Ridge, and Cumberland Plateau, with geologic locales including ancient orogenic belts, exotic mineral districts, active landslides, karst landscapes, and unique fossil sites. The Asheville Renaissance Hotel is downtown in the heart of it all—roughly 20 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), and walking distance from the popular restaurants, breweries, shops, and other historic and cultural attractions.

On Tuesday, 16 April 2024 from 10:45 AM-11:05 AM, Lori Pieniazek will be presenting our research on the QUANTIFICATION OF BRUCITE AND SERPENTINE IN PERIDOTITE ROCKS WITH UV/VIS/NIR SPECTROSCOPY AND CHEMOMETRIC MODELING:

Brucite rich serpentinized peridotite (BRSP) rocks can be used as the storage for greenhouse gas as Brucite is known to react with carbon dioxide (CO2). Therefore, it is important to characterize the brucite content in the BRSP rocks before they can be applied for the carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. Additionally, characterizing brucite from serpentine in these deposits can be challenging, resulting in a need for more precise technology.

UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy has been proven as a promising tool in characterizing minerals. In this study, a full range (350nm – 2500nm) ultra high-resolution spectrometer is used to measure the UV/Vis/NIR spectra of brucite and serpentine rich rock powders. The full range spectral analysis allows for the identification and quantification of brucite and serpentine minerals with ultra high spectral resolution.

This study aims to educate on the basis of technology and give a detailed instruction on chemometric model building. A case study was completed to build a Partial Least Square Regression (PLSR) model to quantify the brucite concentration in unknown samples. UV/Vis/NIR is used as an identification and validation tool with other types of quantitative technologies.

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