We are very pleased to announce the 3rd School of Heavy Mineral Analysis, organized at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy) from the 6th to the 8th of July 2020.

The purpose of this school is to introduce young researchers (Master, PhD and post-Doc students, professionals from the industry) to heavy mineral identification by classical optical methods and to illustrate how to apply analytical results to provenance studies. The course aims at improving student’s capability to extract mineralogical information from sediments and sedimentary rocks.

After an introduction on heavy mineral (HM) identification techniques and the detailed analysis of the commonest groups of HM (e.g., amphiboles, epidotes, pyroxenes, Al-silicates), we will illustrate a wide range of examples from real case histories in different geological settings. We will also explain how to tackle problems related to hydraulic sorting, chemical weathering and diagenesis.

Finally, we will illustrate how Raman spectroscopy allows us to correctly identify any mineral in grain mounts. By using this innovative technique, attendees will be able to assess chemical and structural variability of specific minerals (e.g., garnets, zircons).


Eduardo Garzanti, Sergio Andò, Marta Barbarano, Laura Borromeo, Mara Limonta, Marco Malusà, Guido Pastore, Alberto Resentini and Giovanni Vezzoli 


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