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Development and promotion of mineral resources in Fujairah

Mitchell, Clive. 2016 Development and promotion of mineral resources in Fujairah. [Lecture] In: 4th Fujariah International Forum for Industrial Rocks & Mining, Expo 2016, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, 23-25th Feb 2016.

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The Emirate of Fujairah in the north east of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) covers approximately 1.5% (1,166 km2) of the land area of the UAE, is almost totally mountainous and is relatively well endowed with mineral resources. Geologically it is dominated by the rocks of the Oman-UAE ophiolite and associated metamorphic rocks of the Dibba and Hatta Zones. The north-western part of the emirate overlaps onto the southern edge of the carbonate rocks of the Hajar Mountains. The mineral resources of Fujairah include copper and chromite (which have been worked in the past), construction aggregate, limestone, and dimension stone. Fujairah Emirate has a relatively well developed local minerals industry. The ophiolite is the source of the gabbro and other igneous rocks that are used to produce construction aggregate as well as in the manufacturing of rock wool and building stone. The carbonate rocks are the source of the limestone used to produce cement. Local ‘shales’ are used for the production of ceramics. As part of the mineral resource investigation carried out by the British Geological Survey from 2009 to 2012, the limestone and dimension stone potential of Fujairah Emirates was assessed. Limestone samples were collected in Fujairah Emirate from the Dhera Limestone, Dibba, Mayhah, Muti and Sid’r Chert formations to assess their potential as high purity limestone. Hard rock samples were collected in Fujairah Emirate including limestone (Dhera Limestone, Mayhah and Ausaq Conglomerate formations), gabbro (Fujairah and Kalba) and harzburgite to assess their potential as dimension stone. This presentation will detail the findings of the mineral resources assessment of the limestone and dimension stone resources that occur in the Emirate of Fujairah. It will also propose how these resources can be developed and promoted to potential investors based on the experiences and practice of the British Geological Survey.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Lecture)
Additional Keywords: Fujairah; mineral resources; investment; mineral promotion; gabbro; United Arab Emirates; UAE
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 15 Jul 2016 09:05 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/513958

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