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Fact Sheet 2014–3063

Powder X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory, Reston, Virginia

By Nadine M. Piatak, Frank T. Dulong, John C. Jackson, and Helen W. Folger

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The powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) laboratory is managed jointly by the Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources and Eastern Energy Resources Science Centers. Laboratory scientists collaborate on a wide variety of research problems involving other U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science centers and government agencies, universities, and industry. Capabilities include identification and quantification of crystalline and amorphous phases, and crystallographic and atomic structure analysis for a wide variety of sample media. Customized laboratory procedures and analyses commonly are used to characterize non-routine samples including, but not limited to, organic and inorganic components in petroleum source rocks, ore and mine waste, clay minerals, and glassy phases. Procedures can be adapted to meet a variety of research objectives.

First posted August 7, 2014

For additional information, contact:
Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive 954
National Center Reston, VA 20192

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Suggested citation:

Piatak, N.M., Dulong, F.T., Jackson, J.C., and Folger, H.W., 2014, Powder X-ray diffraction laboratory, Reston, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3063, 2 p.,

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