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Chemical and Mineralogical Characterization of Ebiya Iron Ore in Kogi State, Nigeria

Authors: Abdulkadir A, Thomas DG, Asuke F


The chemical and mineralogical characterization of Ebiya iron ore located in Ajaokuta Local Governmental Area of Kogi State was carried out using X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and optical microscope. The results obtained revealed that Ebiya iron ore has an average content of 61.67% Fe2O3, 0.33% MnO, 1.05% TiO2, 0.86% CaO, 0.02% Cr2O3, and 33.9% SiO2. XRD analysis revealed that the ore contained 53.5% quartz, 35.6% magnetite and 10.9% Ilmenite as major minerals. Petrographic study using polarized light revealed the iron bearing minerals are predominantly magnetite and ilmenite. Ebiya iron ore can be classified as medium grade iron ore.

Affiliations: Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Keywords: Chemical Composition, Mineralogical Characterization, Magnetite, Quartz, Ebiya Iron Ore
Published date: 2020/06/30

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ISSN: 2635-3342 (Print)

ISSN: 2635-3350 (Online)

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