Characterization of Circle Cliffs Tar Sands. 1. Application of the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Technique to Mineral Matter

Robert A. Shepherd, Walter S. Kiefer, and W.R.M. Graham, (Dept. of Physics, Texas Christian University)

Fuel, 65, 1261-1264, 1986.

Abstract: In the first of a two part study of mineral matter associated with tar sands, results are presented from the characterization of samples from the Circle Cliffs and P.R. Spring deposits using Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. Following the collection of data for a library of minerals associated with tar sand deposits, the procedures used in the analysis were tested on mineral mixtures of known composition. Illite, dolomite, kaolinite and quartz were measured in the Circle Cliffs sample, while the only minerals present in the P.R. Spring specimen were microcline feldspar and quartz.

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