Lithium Characterisation Using the TIMA-X
Quantitative mineral distribution and the alteration patterns determine different geological horizons. This information is used to navigate to the mineral ore deposits. The TIMA automated mineralogy technique allows for visualisation and quantification of the textural relationship between the target minerals (spodumene, petalite and Li-mica) and the gangues (quartz, albite and potassium feldspars). The acquired X-ray spectra, which provide chemical compositions of all defined mi nerals, can be used to illustrate and quantify the distribution of the penalty elements.