Volume 89 Issue 12 | pp. 26-27
Issue Date: March 21, 2011

Searching For Gold

Instrument maker develops near‑infrared analyzers to monitor mined ores
Department: Business
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: mining, infrared spectroscopy, minerals

The U.S. government announced in June 2010 that it had discovered untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan worth more than $1 trillion. The team of Pentagon researchers and geologists found deposits of valuable metals such as gold, copper, cobalt, and lithium.

The team discovered the minerals with aerial and field surveys using near-infrared (near-IR) reflectance spectroscopy instruments from the Boulder, Colo.-based scientific instrumentation firm ASD. According to Brian Curtiss, ASD’s chief technology officer, the . . .

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