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Applications of E-Beam Automated Mineralogy, Petrography and Petrology

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Mineralogy based on automated SEM-EDS technology (automated mineralogy) has come of age. The technology, initially developed for, and used by the natural resources sector, is now also widely applicable in many geoscience research frontiers. Developments of new analytical systems by a wide range of technology providers means that this analytical method is no longer only available at a restricted number of facilities. We consider that automated mineralogy is a generic technology which can be applied to any geoscience or related area where quantitative mineralogical data in a spatially-resolved textural context can help address a research challenge.


Through this Research Topic we hope to demonstrate the breadth of applications for automated mineralogy, and identify future opportunities and challenges where this technology can advance the Earth Sciences and related areas. The technology provides quantitative mineralogy in a textural context, at higher spatial resolutions than was previously possible. We also aim to demonstrate how this technology can be integrated effectively with a range of other 2D and 3D mineralogical, geochemical, and textural analysis and imaging methods to address key topics in the Earth Sciences. Through this topic, we hope to demonstrate that the available technologies have much wider application than that currently used routinely, and to encourage technology providers to further develop and enhance such systems for the future.


The Research Topic will aim to solicit a series of:


· Key application Review papers along with;

· Original Research papers demonstrating novel applications and integration of automated mineralogy with other novel analytical systems.


Review papers are welcome on the following application areas: igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, sediment petrography and diagenesis, environmental mineralogy, atmospheric dusts, soils, extra-terrestrial materials, geoarchaeology, forensic geoscience. Review papers will also be sought on the industrial applications of automated mineralogy and petrography in the following areas of applied geology: Geometallurgy, process mineralogy, mineral exploration, petroleum geoscience, to name a few. Research papers demonstrating the applications of automated mineralogy, particularly where integrated with other mineralogical, chemical or textural analysis and imaging methodologies will also be encouraged.


Topic Editor Duncan Pirrie is the founder and CEO of Helford Geoscience LLP. The other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.



Keywords: SEM-EDS, Automated Mineralogy, Quantitative Mineralogy, Process Mineralogy


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Mineralogy based on automated SEM-EDS technology (automated mineralogy) has come of age. The technology, initially developed for, and used by the natural resources sector, is now also widely applicable in many geoscience research frontiers. Developments of new analytical systems by a wide range of technology providers means that this analytical method is no longer only available at a restricted number of facilities. We consider that automated mineralogy is a generic technology which can be applied to any geoscience or related area where quantitative mineralogical data in a spatially-resolved textural context can help address a research challenge.


Through this Research Topic we hope to demonstrate the breadth of applications for automated mineralogy, and identify future opportunities and challenges where this technology can advance the Earth Sciences and related areas. The technology provides quantitative mineralogy in a textural context, at higher spatial resolutions than was previously possible. We also aim to demonstrate how this technology can be integrated effectively with a range of other 2D and 3D mineralogical, geochemical, and textural analysis and imaging methods to address key topics in the Earth Sciences. Through this topic, we hope to demonstrate that the available technologies have much wider application than that currently used routinely, and to encourage technology providers to further develop and enhance such systems for the future.


The Research Topic will aim to solicit a series of:


· Key application Review papers along with;

· Original Research papers demonstrating novel applications and integration of automated mineralogy with other novel analytical systems.


Review papers are welcome on the following application areas: igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, sediment petrography and diagenesis, environmental mineralogy, atmospheric dusts, soils, extra-terrestrial materials, geoarchaeology, forensic geoscience. Review papers will also be sought on the industrial applications of automated mineralogy and petrography in the following areas of applied geology: Geometallurgy, process mineralogy, mineral exploration, petroleum geoscience, to name a few. Research papers demonstrating the applications of automated mineralogy, particularly where integrated with other mineralogical, chemical or textural analysis and imaging methodologies will also be encouraged.


Topic Editor Duncan Pirrie is the founder and CEO of Helford Geoscience LLP. The other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.



Keywords: SEM-EDS, Automated Mineralogy, Quantitative Mineralogy, Process Mineralogy


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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04 October 2021 Manuscript

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