Mineral beneficiation tests on apatite-bearing carbonatite, Tundulu, Malawi

Briggs, D.A.; Mitchell, C.J. ORCID: 1990 Mineral beneficiation tests on apatite-bearing carbonatite, Tundulu, Malawi. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 14pp. (WG/90/004) (Unpublished)

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Approximately one million tons of the phosphate resources of the Tundulu carbonatite complex, Malawi, are in apatite-carbonatites (10-15% P205)' These rocks are composed of apatite, quartz, calcite plus 'Fe-oxide pseudomorphs after siderite, accessory late-stage Fe-free calcite, and traces of synchisite, bastnaesite, pyrochlore, barite and strontianite. Mining of the apatite-bearing rocks to provide material for direct application fertilizer would involve selective mining of the paler, Fe-carbonate-free rocks. However, if larger-scale exploitation was required, beneficiation of the lower-grade rocks containing substantial quantities of Fe-carbonates and quartz would be required.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Economic Minerals
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed. This report was made open by author November 2012
Date made live: 16 Nov 2012 14:32 +0 (UTC)

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