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Spectroscopic characterization of geological materials from the United Arab Emirates

Authors
  • Jallad, Karim N.1
  • Espada-Jallad, Cyntia2
  • 1 American University of Kuwait, College of Arts and Sciences, Safat, 13034, Kuwait , Safat (Kuwait)
  • 2 Midwest Research Institute, 425 Volker Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, 64110-2299, USA , Kansas City (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Sep 05, 2008
Volume
1
Issue
2
Pages
119–127
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12517-008-0011-3
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Throughout the United Arab Emirates, the sand differs in color and composition, depending on its source. This study reports the collection of 70 sediment samples from coastal district areas of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, namely, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah, and Fujairah for the purposes of spectroscopic characterization and color justification. The compositions of these naturally occurring sand samples obtained were tested using different spectroscopic techniques. The techniques included both destructive instrumentation as scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray powder diffraction and nondestructive instrumentation as confocal Raman microscopy. It was concluded that the sand can acquire various colors ranging from white to black due to the presence of certain chemical compounds.

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