29 Nov 2022
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Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

Spectral Library of European Pegmatites, Pegmatite Minerals and Pegmatite Host-Rocks – The GREENPEG Project Database

Joana Cardoso-Fernandes, Douglas Santos, Cátia Rodrigues de Almeida, Alexandre Lima, Ana C. Teodoro, and the GREENPEG project team

Abstract. The GREENPEG spectral database contains the spectral signature, obtained through reflectance spectroscopy studies, of European pegmatites and minerals, as well as their host rocks. Samples include Nb-Y-F (NYF) and Li-Cs-Ta (LCT)-type pegmatites and host rocks from pegmatite locations in Austria, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, and Spain. The database contains the reflectance spectra (raw and with continuum removed), sample photographs, and main absorption features automatically extracted by a self-proposed Python routine. Whenever possible, spectral mineralogy was interpreted based on the continuum-removed spectra. A detailed description of the database, its content and structure, the measuring instrument, and interoperability with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is available in this database report. Moreover, examples of how the data can be used and interpreted are also provided. The advantages and added value of the presented dataset reside on its European scale with representative samples from pegmatites with distinct genesis, mineralogy, structure, and host rocks that can be used as a reference for pegmatite exploration at a global scale through satellite image processing, for example. The reported spectral mineral assemblages can also be of interest when considering resource estimation or ore processing. Thus, it is expected that this open dataset, available on the Zenodo platform (Cardoso-Fernandes et al., 2022), will be a reference for distinct types of users ranging from academia to industry.

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Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on essd-2022-386', Anonymous Referee #1, 06 Feb 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Joana Cardoso-Fernandes, 15 May 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2022-386', Anonymous Referee #2, 29 Apr 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Joana Cardoso-Fernandes, 15 May 2023

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Spectral Library of European Pegmatites, Pegmatite Minerals and Pegmatite Host-Rocks – The Greenpeg Database Cardoso-Fernandes, J., Teodoro, A. C., Santos, D., Rodrigues de Almeida, C., & Lima, Alexandre

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Short summary
The GREENPEG project aims to develop tools for pegmatite exploration and enhance European databases, adding new data on pegmatite properties, such as a spectral signature. Samples comprise pegmatites and wall rocks from Austria, Ireland, Norway, Portugal and Spain. A detailed description of the spectral database is presented, as well as reflectance spectra, photographs and absorption features. Its European scale with pegmatites with distinct characteristics provides a reference for exploration.