Remote Sens. 2012, 4(4), 987-1003; doi:10.3390/rs4040987
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Effect of Grain Size and Mineral Mixing on Carbonate Absorption Features in the SWIR and TIR Wavelength Regions

1 Department of Earth Systems Analysis, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Hengelosestraat 99, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands 2 Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Syiah Kuala University, Darussalam, Banda Aceh 23111, Aceh, Indonesia
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Received: 24 February 2012; in revised form: 27 March 2012 / Accepted: 28 March 2012 / Published: 10 April 2012
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Abstract: Reflectance spectra of carbonate minerals in the shortwave infrared (SWIR) and thermal infrared (TIR) wavelength regions contain a number of diagnostic absorption features. The shape of these features depends on various physical and chemical parameters. To accurately identify carbonate minerals or rocks in pure and mixed form, it is necessary to analyze the effects of the parameters on spectral characteristics. In this study, we analyzed spectral absorption feature characteristics of calcite and dolomite in the SWIR (features at 2.3 and 2.5 μm) and TIR (features at 11.5 and 14 μm) wavelength regions, as a function of grain size and carbonate mineral mixtures. Results showed that varying grain sizes and mineral contents in the sample, influence reflectance values and absorption feature characteristics. Absorption band positions of pure and mixed calcite and dolomite in the SWIR and TIR regions for both features were displaced slightly as observed in previous studies. The band positions of calcite and dolomite varied relative to grain size only in the TIR region. These positions shifted to longer wavelengths for the feature at 11.5 μm and to shorter wavelengths for the feature at 14 μm from fine to coarse grain size. The band positions of calcite-dolomite mixtures in the SWIR and TIR regions were determined by the quantity of calcite and dolomite in the sample. These results can be applied for the identification of pure and mixed calcite and dolomite, as well as estimating the relative abundance of both minerals with different grain size and mineral mixtures in a synthetic sample or rock. They can also be used as a preliminary proxy for assessing dolomitization patterns in carbonate rocks.
Keywords: calcite; dolomite; grain size; mixture; spectral absorption features; SWIR; TIR

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Zaini, N.; van der Meer, F.; van der Werff, H. Effect of Grain Size and Mineral Mixing on Carbonate Absorption Features in the SWIR and TIR Wavelength Regions. Remote Sens. 2012, 4, 987-1003.

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Zaini N, van der Meer F, van der Werff H. Effect of Grain Size and Mineral Mixing on Carbonate Absorption Features in the SWIR and TIR Wavelength Regions. Remote Sensing. 2012; 4(4):987-1003.

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Zaini, Nasrullah; van der Meer, Freek; van der Werff, Harald. 2012. "Effect of Grain Size and Mineral Mixing on Carbonate Absorption Features in the SWIR and TIR Wavelength Regions." Remote Sens. 4, no. 4: 987-1003.

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