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Evaluation of the Rietveld method for the mineralogical characterization of airborne dust in a mining area

Paiva, Paulo Renato Perdigão de; Ferreira, Ângela Mello; Silva, Gabriela Cordeiro; Ciminelli, Virgínia Sampaio Teixeira; Weidler, Peter Georg

In this article, we present the results of the mineralogical quantification of airborne dust from an urban area located in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais in the vicinity of a gold mine. Three samples were collected at different points to assess spatial consistency. Results showed that the mineralogy, in relation to both major minerals and accessory
minerals, is very similar for all samples, being predominantly composed of muscovite and quartz, which together
account for around 60% to 75% by weight. The accessory minerals are clinochlore, albite, dolomite, calcite and
kaolinite and the averages for each range from 4% to 13%. The only trace mineral with concentration below 1% was
pyrite which has a concentration below 1%. The results provide an indication that the mining area is not the sole
source of local dust, although the mine’s contribution is significant.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000092706
Veröffentlicht am 01.04.2019
DOI: 10.1590/0370-44672018720004
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen (IFG)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2448-167X
KITopen-ID: 1000092706
Erschienen in Revista Escola de Minas
Band 72
Heft 2
Seiten 329–334
Schlagworte Rietveld Method; X-ray diffraction; airborne dust.
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