OREAS 600

OREAS 600 was prepared from gold-silver-copper bearing ore from Evolution Mining’s Mount Carlton Operation in Queensland, Australia and blended with argillic rhyodacite waste rock to achieve the desired grades. The mineralisation assemblage consists of pyrite, enargite/tennantite, tetrahedrite, digenite, covellite, sphalerite, galena, alunite, dickite, kaolinite and vuggy silica, hosted in advanced argillic altered rhyodacite containing sulphur-salts. OREAS 600 is one of a suite of six CRMs ranging in grades from 24ppm Ag, 0.2 ppm Au and 0.05% Cu to 980ppm Ag, 1.7ppm Au and 5.0% Cu.

Twenty eight commercial analytical laboratories participated in the program to certify the 113 elements reported in Table 1 (see certificate). The following methods were employed:

  • Gold via 20-40g* fire assay with AAS (20 labs), ICP-OES (4 labs) or gravimetric (3 labs) finish;
  • Instrumental neutron activation analysis for Au on 1g subsamples to confirm homogeneity (1 laboratory);
  • Gold via 15-40g* aqua regia digestion with ICP-MS (7 labs) or AAS (5 labs) finish;
  • 4-Acid digestion for full elemental suite ICP-OES and ICP-MS (up to 21 laboratories depending on the element).
  • Aqua regia digestion (see note below) for full elemental suite ICP-OES and ICP-MS (up to 22 laboratories depending on the element).
  • Sulphur via Infrared Combustion Analysis (16 labs).
Analyte Certified Value 1SD 95% Confidence Low 95% Confidence High Method
Ag, Silver (ppm) 24.8 1.01 24.3 25.2 4-Acid Digestion
Cu, Copper (ppm) 482 23 472 492 4-Acid Digestion
Au, Gold (ppm) 0.200 0.006 0.198 0.202 Pb Fire Assay
Al, Aluminium (wt.%) 6.78 0.252 6.66 6.90 4-Acid Digestion
As, Arsenic (ppm) 89 7.2 85 92 4-Acid Digestion
Be, Beryllium (ppm) 1.69 0.18 1.61 1.77 4-Acid Digestion
Bi, Bismuth (ppm) 6.39 0.81 6.05 6.73 4-Acid Digestion
Ca, Calcium (wt.%) 1.88 0.073 1.85 1.91 4-Acid Digestion
Cd, Cadmium (ppm) 3.37 0.320 3.24 3.51 4-Acid Digestion
Ce, Cerium (ppm) 47.7 1.70 46.3 49.1 4-Acid Digestion
Co, Cobalt (ppm) 7.06 0.85 6.65 7.46 4-Acid Digestion
Cr, Chromium (ppm) 27.5 4.2 25.5 29.5 4-Acid Digestion
Cs, Caesium (ppm) 9.42 0.651 8.97 9.86 4-Acid Digestion
Dy, Dysprosium (ppm) 2.05 0.117 1.93 2.17 4-Acid Digestion
Er, Erbium (ppm) 0.97 0.065 0.88 1.05 4-Acid Digestion
Eu, Europium (ppm) 1.03 0.19 0.83 1.23 4-Acid Digestion
Fe, Iron (wt.%) 2.38 0.118 2.32 2.43 4-Acid Digestion
Ga, Gallium (ppm) 18.7 1.31 18.1 19.4 4-Acid Digestion
Gd, Gadolinium (ppm) 3.12 0.45 2.62 3.63 4-Acid Digestion
Hf, Hafnium (ppm) 2.90 0.118 2.81 2.98 4-Acid Digestion
Ho, Holmium (ppm) 0.36 0.026 0.32 0.39 4-Acid Digestion
In, Indium (ppm) 0.75 0.070 0.70 0.80 4-Acid Digestion
K, Potassium (wt.%) 1.80 0.067 1.77 1.84 4-Acid Digestion
La, Lanthanum (ppm) 23.0 2.9 21.6 24.3 4-Acid Digestion
Li, Lithium (ppm) 18.7 1.31 18.0 19.4 4-Acid Digestion
Lu, Lutetium (ppm) 0.13 0.009 0.12 0.14 4-Acid Digestion
Mg, Magnesium (wt.%) 0.772 0.035 0.756 0.787 4-Acid Digestion
Mn, Manganese (wt.%) 0.071 0.004 0.069 0.073 4-Acid Digestion
Mo, Molybdenum (ppm) 2.20 0.46 1.99 2.41 4-Acid Digestion
Na, Sodium (wt.%) 0.587 0.027 0.574 0.599 4-Acid Digestion
Nb, Niobium (ppm) 7.98 0.510 7.67 8.29 4-Acid Digestion
Nd, Neodymium (ppm) 19.5 0.97 18.5 20.5 4-Acid Digestion
Ni, Nickel (ppm) 16.5 2.8 15.3 17.7 4-Acid Digestion
P, Phosphorus (wt.%) 0.060 0.001 0.059 0.060 4-Acid Digestion
Pb, Lead (ppm) 193 14 187 199 4-Acid Digestion
Pr, Praseodymium (ppm) 5.42 0.340 4.97 5.87 4-Acid Digestion
Rb, Rubidium (ppm) 75 5.5 72 79 4-Acid Digestion
S, Sulphur (wt.%) 1.69 0.039 1.68 1.71 4-Acid Digestion
Sb, Antimony (ppm) 14.3 1.8 13.6 15.1 4-Acid Digestion
Sc, Scandium (ppm) 5.95 0.219 5.84 6.06 4-Acid Digestion
Se, Selenium (ppm) 6.97 1.35 6.00 7.95 4-Acid Digestion
Sm, Samarium (ppm) 3.56 0.225 3.33 3.79 4-Acid Digestion
Sn, Tin (ppm) 2.12 0.196 1.95 2.28 4-Acid Digestion
Sr, Strontium (ppm) 186 8 183 190 4-Acid Digestion
Ta, Tantalum (ppm) 0.63 0.11 0.52 0.75 4-Acid Digestion
Tb, Terbium (ppm) 0.40 0.05 0.35 0.45 4-Acid Digestion
Te, Tellurium (ppm) 7.34 0.585 6.92 7.77 4-Acid Digestion
Th, Thorium (ppm) 9.38 0.514 8.97 9.80 4-Acid Digestion
Ti, Titanium (wt.%) 0.242 0.014 0.235 0.249 4-Acid Digestion
Tl, Thallium (ppm) 1.11 0.059 1.08 1.14 4-Acid Digestion
U, Uranium (ppm) 2.69 0.150 2.58 2.79 4-Acid Digestion
V, Vanadium (ppm) 45.4 2.31 44.4 46.4 4-Acid Digestion
W, Tungsten (ppm) 4.20 0.68 3.70 4.69 4-Acid Digestion
Y, Yttrium (ppm) 9.93 0.481 9.64 10.21 4-Acid Digestion
Yb, Ytterbium (ppm) 0.91 0.064 0.86 0.97 4-Acid Digestion
Zn, Zinc (ppm) 615 23 604 625 4-Acid Digestion
Zr, Zirconium (ppm) 94 3.0 92 95 4-Acid Digestion
Ag, Silver (ppm) 24.3 0.90 23.9 24.8 Aqua Regia Digestion
Al, Aluminium (wt.%) 0.984 0.147 0.908 1.061 Aqua Regia Digestion
As, Arsenic (ppm) 85 7.1 82 88 Aqua Regia Digestion
Au, Gold (ppm) 0.192 0.011 0.187 0.198 Aqua Regia Digestion
B, Boron (ppm) < 10.0 IND IND IND Aqua Regia Digestion
Be, Beryllium (ppm) 0.70 0.058 0.67 0.73 Aqua Regia Digestion
Bi, Bismuth (ppm) 6.09 1.14 5.63 6.56 Aqua Regia Digestion
Ca, Calcium (wt.%) 1.76 0.119 1.70 1.81 Aqua Regia Digestion
Cd, Cadmium (ppm) 3.50 0.327 3.34 3.65 Aqua Regia Digestion
Ce, Cerium (ppm) 34.8 2.89 32.9 36.7 Aqua Regia Digestion
Co, Cobalt (ppm) 6.69 0.588 6.45 6.92 Aqua Regia Digestion
Cr, Chromium (ppm) 23.4 3.0 22.3 24.6 Aqua Regia Digestion
Cs, Caesium (ppm) 2.68 0.53 2.16 3.21 Aqua Regia Digestion
Cu, Copper (ppm) 488 19 480 496 Aqua Regia Digestion
Dy, Dysprosium (ppm) 1.26 0.062 1.20 1.33 Aqua Regia Digestion
Er, Erbium (ppm) 0.54 0.027 0.50 0.57 Aqua Regia Digestion
Eu, Europium (ppm) 0.59 0.040 0.54 0.64 Aqua Regia Digestion
Fe, Iron (wt.%) 2.22 0.110 2.17 2.27 Aqua Regia Digestion
Ga, Gallium (ppm) 4.16 0.70 3.67 4.64 Aqua Regia Digestion
Gd, Gadolinium (ppm) 1.97 0.141 1.81 2.13 Aqua Regia Digestion
Hf, Hafnium (ppm) 0.22 0.04 0.17 0.26 Aqua Regia Digestion
Hg, Mercury (ppm) < 1.00 IND IND IND Aqua Regia Digestion
Ho, Holmium (ppm) 0.22 0.008 0.21 0.23 Aqua Regia Digestion
In, Indium (ppm) 0.73 0.10 0.68 0.78 Aqua Regia Digestion
K, Potassium (wt.%) 0.209 0.028 0.194 0.223 Aqua Regia Digestion
La, Lanthanum (ppm) 18.3 1.43 17.6 18.9 Aqua Regia Digestion
Li, Lithium (ppm) 6.54 1.04 5.89 7.18 Aqua Regia Digestion
Lu, Lutetium (ppm) 0.063 0.005 0.058 0.067 Aqua Regia Digestion
Mg, Magnesium (wt.%) 0.342 0.057 0.316 0.368 Aqua Regia Digestion
Mn, Manganese (wt.%) 0.068 0.003 0.067 0.070 Aqua Regia Digestion
Mo, Molybdenum (ppm) 1.92 0.31 1.78 2.05 Aqua Regia Digestion
Na, Sodium (wt.%) 0.051 0.007 0.047 0.054 Aqua Regia Digestion
Nd, Neodymium (ppm) 14.1 1.05 12.9 15.2 Aqua Regia Digestion
Ni, Nickel (ppm) 15.4 1.8 14.7 16.0 Aqua Regia Digestion
P, Phosphorus (wt.%) 0.050 0.003 0.049 0.051 Aqua Regia Digestion
Pb, Lead (ppm) 157 5 155 158 Aqua Regia Digestion
Pr, Praseodymium (ppm) 4.04 0.144 3.85 4.22 Aqua Regia Digestion
S, Sulphur (wt.%) 1.66 0.062 1.63 1.69 Aqua Regia Digestion
Sb, Antimony (ppm) < 15.0 IND IND IND Aqua Regia Digestion
Sc, Scandium (ppm) 2.06 0.24 1.94 2.18 Aqua Regia Digestion
Se, Selenium (ppm) 6.77 0.83 6.28 7.27 Aqua Regia Digestion
Sm, Samarium (ppm) 2.49 0.184 2.29 2.69 Aqua Regia Digestion
Sn, Tin (ppm) 1.18 0.12 1.06 1.30 Aqua Regia Digestion
Sr, Strontium (ppm) 38.4 4.1 36.5 40.3 Aqua Regia Digestion
Tb, Terbium (ppm) 0.25 0.021 0.24 0.27 Aqua Regia Digestion
Te, Tellurium (ppm) 6.80 0.74 6.24 7.35 Aqua Regia Digestion
Th, Thorium (ppm) 4.91 0.306 4.67 5.14 Aqua Regia Digestion
Ti, Titanium (wt.%) < 0.010 IND IND IND Aqua Regia Digestion
Tl, Thallium (ppm) 0.56 0.052 0.52 0.60 Aqua Regia Digestion
U, Uranium (ppm) 1.02 0.098 0.95 1.10 Aqua Regia Digestion
V, Vanadium (ppm) 12.9 2.1 11.9 14.0 Aqua Regia Digestion
Y, Yttrium (ppm) 5.98 0.426 5.70 6.26 Aqua Regia Digestion
Yb, Ytterbium (ppm) 0.43 0.025 0.42 0.44 Aqua Regia Digestion
Zn, Zinc (ppm) 598 35 582 613 Aqua Regia Digestion
Zr, Zirconium (ppm) 10.2 2.0 8.9 11.6 Aqua Regia Digestion
S, Sulphur (wt.%) 1.67 0.040 1.65 1.69 Infrared Combustion
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