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is it possible to seperate garnet from surrounding minerals?

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I have garnet that is surrounded by a mineral I believe is a Matrix mineral. Is it possible to separate the two?

asked Oct 3, 2014 by rad84 (120 points)

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It depends what the matrix is. Certain solvents can dissolve different matrix types - for example calcite can be dissolved in acid. Garnet matrix is often schist - this can be difficult to remove through solvents, and likely need to be manually graded down.

answered Oct 6, 2014 by hershel (49,750 points)
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If its in Rhyoliyre it should pop out easily. Acid would be used for ither host rock

answered Nov 25, 2014 by Keithh (220 points)