Analytical Prices for Rock Samples

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The hard rock team is pleased to provide helium and neon isotope measurements in rocks and minerals (see separate tab for water prices). Analytical charges are made on a per sample basis and reflect the cost of doing the measurements. Commercial analyses are also offered, but at a higher rate. Please contact us at or regarding scheduling, possible sample types and mineralogy, mineral separations, and required sample sizes. 

Helium measurement prices are quoted for calendar year 2016.  For planning purposes, beyond 2017, we anticipate a 3% per year increase.  Please contact us if you are interested in coupled helium, neon and argon.  See below under 2017 pricing.

Notes: An additional 5 to 15% surcharge may be applied for non-WHOI, non-NSF funded research projects. (Sorry, it's related to our overhead cost recovery structure, please contact us for details We define "Non-Commercial" as being government-funded, academic, or non-profit entity research. Sample acquisition, containers, and shipping costs are borne by the client.

Price Schedule for 2016

Analysis Type  Non-Commercial     Commercial 
 Magmatic 3He/4He and He Abundance
Crushing or melting only


 Paired crushing and melting on sample
3He/4He and He Abundance for both
(required for cosmogenic dates)



2017 Prices



 Analysis Type






 3He/4He, He Abundance



 He-Ne-Ar  Isotopes and Abundances    



Notes for 2017: Please note that WHOI is switching to Modified Total Direct Costs as of Janary 1, 2017.  Therefore, the per-sample costs are lower, but there is an added 54% institutional overhead charge on the prices given above (multiply the costs by 1.54 to obtain total). We apologize for the confusion, but this new method is required by the new overhead cost recovery structure. Also, please note that the 2017 rates are lower than 2016 due to the new calculations.  Please direct inquiries to with a cc to We define "Non-Commercial" as being government-funded, academic, or non-profit entity research.

These prices are based on measurements in rocks, minerals, hot springs, and natural gases.  Good results require good samples, so we have stringent requirements on sampling ng procedures and materials. We can assist you in mounting an effective sampling program and can provide you the appropriate equipment and materials. Please contact Joshua Curtice ( for information. Note that samples containing elevated levels of non-atmospheric He, for example from hydrothermal or volcanic sources, will require special handling and analysis due to their variable sizing and non-atmospheric 3He/4He isotope ratio. Please contact us to discuss your options.


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Last updated August 8, 2016
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