By Mohammed Bouabdellah, John F. Slack
This quantity offers an exhaustive assessment of significant orebodies and mineral deposits of North Africa. it truly is meant either for educational researchers and particularly for exploration geologists attracted to mineral exploration within the northern a part of the African continent. fresh alterations within the mining legislation of so much nations during this area have inspired foreign mining businesses to speculate in neighborhood mineral industries. for that reason, this quantity might be very important for those execs, in addition to for researchers within the box of financial geology.
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2008). Recent radiometric dating (in situ U–Pb on monazite and xenotime; Meyer et al. , Eizzene and Oumachoueïma Groups; Meyer et al. 2006) are Archean (2492 ± 9 Ma), having formed marginal to the Reguibat Shield (Meyer et al. 2006; Kolb et al. 2008; Kolb and Petrov 2015). The Guelb Moghrein deposit consists of two distinct, brecciated meta-carbonate-hosted orebodies referred to as Occidental and Oriental M. F. Slack (Kirschbaum and Hitzman 2016), both of which are surrounded by Fe–Mg clinoamphibole-chlorite schist (Meyer et al.
2010; Keppie et al. 2011; Lucassen et al. 2013). The resulting volcanic rocks are part of the large Circum-Mediterranean Anorogenic Cenozoic Igneous province (CiMACI; Lustrino and Wilson 2007), whereas in northeast Africa the coeval igneous activity relates to formation of the East African Rift and the Red Sea (Chorowicz 2005; Lucassen et al. 2013). The igneous rocks are mostly effusive accompanied by minor pyroclastic deposits and high-level 23 Cenozoic Basins and Related Tertiary to Quaternary Igneous Rocks During the Cretaceous, Eocene, Oligocene, and Neogene, numerous basins of different style developed in different regions of North Africa.
Guelb Moghrein high-impact frontier gold terrane, which in the last two decades has had discoveries of >45 Moz gold equivalent. , Late Eburnean, Late Neoproterozoic, Late Variscan, and Late Neogene) produced large granitoid intrusions and related pegmatites to which many tin, tungsten, niobium, REE, columbite-group minerals, and Ta– Nb oxide deposits are associated. The illustrative example of this category is the Ta–Nb–Sn province of Egypt (Melcher et al. 2015). Small- to medium-sized tin and tungsten lode and placer deposits are abundant in Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt.