Author(s): Bekele Ayele
Published in: International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology
License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Volume/Issue: Volume. 6 - Issue. 03 , March - 2017
A county like Ethiopia which is endowed with rich diverse of geological resources can associate future development in the aspect of socio-economic development to mining industry. Heavy mineral deposit mapping is essential for sustainable and eco-friendly exploitation of natural resources. This research is interest on the detail geological investigation and heavy mineral deposits of surface and subsurface sediments has been investigated in the Kayle prospect were undertaken systematically. The study area is located in southwest of Segen zone, in South Nation, Nationality and People Regional State, Southern Ethiopia. The geology of the study area belongs to Mozambique belt basement rocks which were known to host most of the heavy mineral deposits in Ethiopia. Heavy mineral assemblages in the coarse sand fraction of sediment samples were identified using petrography microscope and minerals which have specific gravity of >2.8 g/cc3 presented as residual grains in sediments. Heavy minerals which are identified in study area are limonite, magnetite, garnet tourmaline, sphene, zircon, epidote, pyroxenes & amphiboles and most of the minerals are angular to rounded shape.
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