Elemental analysis using a handheld X-Ray fluorescence spectrometer

Fact Sheet 2016-3043
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The U.S. Geological Survey is collecting geologic samples from local stream channels, aquifer materials, and rock outcrops for studies of trace elements in the Mojave Desert, southern California. These samples are collected because geologic materials can release a variety of elements to the environment when exposed to water. The samples are to be analyzed with a handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer to determine the concentrations of up to 27 elements, including chromium.

Suggested Citation

Groover, K.D., and Izbicki, J.A., 2016, Geochemical analysis using a handheld X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometer. U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3043, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163043.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Why are These Data Collected?
  • How Does it Work?
  • Periodic Table of the Elements
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Elemental analysis using a handheld X-Ray fluorescence spectrometer
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2016-3043
DOI 10.3133/fs20163043
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center
Description 2 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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