Mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of uranium-rich fluoriteinEl-Missikat mineralized ranite,CentralEasternDesert, Egypt


Mohamed Fahmy RASLAN
Nuclear Materials Authority, P.O.Box, 530, EL Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, e-mail: raslangaines􀁊hotmail.com

 

 Abstract
A unique, highly radioactive variety of fluorite mineral has been recorded in the uranium occurrence of El-Missikat sheared granite pluton. In this occurrence, the uranium assumes different forms, including its presence as discrete, visible, secondary minerals, rare uraninite and its association with the jasperoid and silica veinlets. However, in some other parts of the sheared zone, the uranium was found to be solely incorporated  with fluorite crystals, filling veinlets and fractures with out any other manifestation.This paper focuses on the relevant mineralogicaland geochemical characteristics of this unique  fluorite variety. In addition to an investigation with binocular andpolarizing microscopes, the separated fluorite grains were analyzed using an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) and a field-emission scanning electron microscope. In addition to thi s,somefluoritecrystalsweresubjected to electron microprobe analyses. While the fluorite accounted for as muchas20%oftheshearedgranitesamples studied, it was found to range from 82 to 96 % in the different size fractions of the separated heavy mineral content. In some parts of the separated fluorite crystals,uranium in quantities of up to 2200 ppm was found to be heterogeneously distributed in the fluorite lattice, regardless of its coloration

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المصدر: GEOLOGIJA 52/2, 213-220, Ljubljana 2009 Mohamed Fahmy RASLAN

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