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Spectroscopy of Rocks and Minerals, and Principles of Spectroscopy
This is a chapter on spectroscopy from The Manual of Remote Sensing, Volume 3, Remote Sensing for the Earth Sciences. Topics in the chapter include an overview of spectroscopy, the reflection and absorption process, causes of absorption, spectra of miscellaneous minerals and materials, the sensitivity of absorption bands to crystal structure and chemistry and the scattering process. The chapter also covers quantitative understanding in terms of radiative transfer theory and spectral libraries. The site features an in-depth look at reflectance spectroscopy, and contains many figures and an extensive reference section.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
    • Book
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Mineralogy or petrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This book chapter was produced by personnel of the US Government therefore it can not be copyrighted and is in the public domain.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-663
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Roger N. Clark
U.S. Geological Survey