What is it about?

Gold-associated pathfinder minerals have been investigated by identifying host minerals of Au for samples collected from an artisanal mining site near a potential gold mine (Kubi Gold Project) in Dunkwa-On-Offin in the central region of Ghana.

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Why is it important?

We find that for each composition of Au powder (impure) and the residual black hematite/magnetite sand that remains after gold panning, there is a unique set of associated diverse indicator minerals.


The findings suggest that X-ray diffraction could also be applied in other mineralogical sites to aid in identifying indicator minerals of Au and the location of ore bodies at reduced environmental and exploration costs.

Associate Prof. Martin Magnuson
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM)

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This page is a summary of: Characterization and identification of Au pathfinder minerals from an artisanal mine site using X-ray diffraction, Journal of Materials Science, January 2021, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s10853-020-05681-5.
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