Mass transfer during the conversion of Banded Iron Formation to Iron Ore

Dataset description

The aim of this CONNECT B project is to develop a quantitative model for the enrichment of Banded Iron Formation to iron ore based on the Simandou deposit, a giant new iron ore system currently being explored by Rio Tinto in the Democratic Republic of Guinea, West Africa. The working hypothesis to be tested is that high grade hematite orebodies were produced by large volumes of hydrothermal fluid that stripped silica from the protolith, with subsequent further enrichment by recent supergene activity. Field and laboratory study will elucidate the primary controls on the enrichment process and geochemical mass balance analysis will quantify the mass transfer involved. The potential fractionation of iron isotopes during hypogene and supergene enrichment will be evaluated as a tool for recognition of these processes in other systems.

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Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276


Dataset details

Author(s) Wilkinson, Dr J J
Principal Investigator(s) Wilkinson, Dr J J
Dept of Earth Sciences
Imperial College London
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
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Start of capture {ts '2003-12-08 00:00:00'} After 8th December 2003
End of capture {ts '2018-10-18 08:27:08'} 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
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
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Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 20th May 2009
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
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