Articles | Volume 4, issue 2
Geochronology, 4, 501–515, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-4-501-2022
Geochronology, 4, 501–515, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-4-501-2022
Short communication/technical note
21 Jul 2022
Short communication/technical note | 21 Jul 2022

Technical note: Rapid phase identification of apatite and zircon grains for geochronology using X-ray micro-computed tomography

Emily H. G. Cooperdock et al.

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Apatite and zircon are the most widely used minerals for dating rocks, but they can be difficult to identify in some crushed rock samples. Incorrect mineral identification results in wasted analytical resources and inaccurate data. We show how X-ray computed tomography can be used to efficiently and accurately distinguish apatite from zircon based on density variations, and provide non-destructive 3D grain-specific size, shape, and inclusion information for improved data quality.