It is well adapted to the assay of alloys, but when ores are to be assayed very great care is required to obtain a fair sample in so small a quantity of material. With these drawbacks, blow-pipe analysis offers many advantages over wet analysis, as it requires no special laboratory, and the apparatus are much more portable.
Chapter VIII contains a description of the important ores and coal, and the last chapter is devoted to determinative mineralogy. In this chapter, the minerals, like plants in a botanical key, are subjected to an artificial classification depending on certain external properties. The classes are then subdivided according to their reaction before the blow-pipe, such as fusibility, odor, or coat on charcoal. The method of writing the mineral formulas is that followed by Plattner and Kobell.
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