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Master of Science




Sheih, Sean R.

2nd Supervisor

Linnen, Robert L.


While visually similar to graphite, graphitic carbon is disordered rings of carbon whereas graphite is the pure-carbon crystalline form. As graphitic carbon is heated, it undergoes an irreversible graphitization process which can be observed using Raman spectroscopy and determine the maximum temperature that a rock was exposed to. Samples of sedimentary rocks, taken from the Au-Ag San Sebastian mine in Durango Mexico, containing graphitic carbon located from positions in contact with mineralized veins were used in developing a low-cost protocol for Raman spectroscopic analysis of drill core. The samples were cut and then polished to provide a smooth surface, so that the Raman collection could be conducted on the drill core directly. When plotted on longitudinal sections, the temperature distribution identified potential up-flow zones where mineralizing fluids were focused. In conclusion Raman spectrometry of graphic carbon is a rapid, cost-effective geothermometer and shows considerable promise as an exploration tool.

All Collected Raman Spectra.zip (25128 kB)
Raw data for the Middle, Francine and North veins.

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