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Title: Application of Synchrotron-based Micro-analysis to Mine Waste Miineralogy


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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) National Synchrotron Light Source
Sponsoring Org.:
Doe - Office Of Science
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Journal ID: ISSN 0016-7037; GCACAK; TRN: US200904%%598
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta; Journal Volume: 70; Journal Issue: 18
Country of Publication:
United States

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Jamieson,H., Walker, S., and Andrade, C. Application of Synchrotron-based Micro-analysis to Mine Waste Miineralogy. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.586.
Jamieson,H., Walker, S., & Andrade, C. Application of Synchrotron-based Micro-analysis to Mine Waste Miineralogy. United States. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.586.
Jamieson,H., Walker, S., and Andrade, C. Sun . "Application of Synchrotron-based Micro-analysis to Mine Waste Miineralogy". United States. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.586.
title = {Application of Synchrotron-based Micro-analysis to Mine Waste Miineralogy},
author = {Jamieson,H. and Walker, S. and Andrade, C.},
abstractNote = {No abstract prepared.},
doi = {10.1016/j.gca.2006.06.586},
journal = {Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta},
number = 18,
volume = 70,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2006}
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