Kenya Regional Geochemistry.

Dataset description

The Samburu - Marsabit Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration Project was a joint Kenyan and British technical co-operation project, carried out by staff of the Mines and Geological Department, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya and staff from the British Geological Survey. The first phase of the project commenced in 1980, and covered the area between 36degrees and 38degrees E and from the equator to 2degrees N. The second phase, carried out between 1984 and 1986 covered the area between 36degrees and 38degrees E and from 2degrees N to the Ethiopian border. Sampling was carried out concurrently with geological mapping and was largely constrained by the requirements of that exercise. Little or no sampling was done in areas previously mapped by other bodies. Sampling was mainly confined to areas underlain by basement rocks of the Mozambique Belt and was very sparse over most of the Tertiary and Quaternary volcanic cover. Chemical analyses for the stream sediments were: Ag, Ba, Co, Cu, Fe, Li, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sr, and Zn. Raw data is available from the Mines and Geological Survey Department, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Nairobi, Kenya. Sampling densities varied considerably across the Phase 1 project area, but generally a stream sediment sample density of one per 4 to 8 km2 and a panned concentrate density of one per 13 to 16 km2 was achieved. In the Phase 2 area, which was mainly very arid, a few samples were collected from dry stream beds, as part of a helicopter survey of the area, to provide some idea of the geochemistry of the major lithological units. Stream sediments were collected by combining grab samples from 5 to 10 points within a 10m radius of the selected site. If necessary the samples were dried before being sieved and the fine (-80 mesh B.S.) fraction retained for analysis. Heavy mineral concentrates were obtained by taking 2 to 5kg of material from the sample site and panning at the base camp, where water was available, or at the Mines and Geological Department headquarters at Nairobi.

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Enquiries

Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
Nottingham
NG12 5GG

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Associated dataset(s)

BGS International Minerals-Related Data Holdings Scoping Study Report

Further details

Dataset details

Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format Data in various formats, MS Excel, MS Word and image files available on a CD-ROM
Storage format Digital:Microsoft Access database
Digital:Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet
Digital:Other than Excel etc
Frequency of update not planned
Start of capture 1980
End of capture Not known
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
E-mail enquiries@bgs.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Keywords
Topic category geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
Keywords and Keyphrases EXPLORATION
GEOCHEMISTRY
GEOLOGY
SAMPLING
Keyword source BGS Keyphrases
Spatial details
Spatial Reference System WGS 84 / UTM zone 37N [32637]
Dataset extent
Coverage (Lat/Long) North boundary : 5
East boundary  : 42
South boundary : -5
West boundary  : 34
Metadata
Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 24th November 2011
Metadata standard ISO standard 19115:2003
Copyright and IPR
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Location
W 34 5 N
Extent of coverage for this dataset (shown here as Latitude and Longitude)
S -5 42 E