A semiquantitative X-ray diffraction procedure has been developed that can be used to acquire reproducible mineralogic data from geographically unrelated stream-sediment samples having similar mineralogy. Weight percentages for quartz, total-feldspar, and total-clay can be determined by direct comparison of intensities with standard-mineral mixtures of known weight percent. Matrix effects and mass-absorption differences are circumvented by taking the ratio of peak-intensity, in counts per second, for quartz relative to that of other minerals being quantified. Mineral percentages generally are reproducible to within 10 percent.
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A semiquantitative X-ray diffraction method to determine mineral composition in stream sediments with similar mineralogy