Loveson, V.J. (2010) Placer chromite along south maharashtra central west coast of india. Current Science, 99 (4). pp. 492-499. ISSN 0011-3891

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We describe here the onshore occurrence of placer chromite, its mineralogy, geochemistry and reserve potential from a 12.5km stretch(Pirwadi-Talashil) of south Maharashtra coast, india. The sediments in the area are moderately well to very well sorted. The heavy mineral concentation ranges between 0.69% and 98.80% (av.18.87%) increases from north to south, and comprises of ilmenite, magnetite and chromite, whereas garnet, pyroxene, amphibole, zircon, tourmaline, rutile and staurolite are in minor proportions. The concentration of chromite within the heavy mineral faction ranges between 0.64% and 12.35% whereas in the bulk sediment it ranges from 0.05%to 10.90%. The chromite grains are rounded to sub -rounded, marginally altered along their border and are ferro- and magnesio-chromite varieties with 32.06-48.3% Cr2O3 FeO+Fe2O3 between23% and 27%, and MgO between 3.31% and 14.86%. The chromite grains have been derived from ultrabasic rocks and chromitites present at the upper reaches of the Gad river. The observed occurrence and variation in the distribution of chromite is due to the differences in the sediment supply from the Achara and Gad rivers, their sorting and associated oceanographic processes. The inferred reserve of chromite is about 0.032 mt.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Genesis, heavy mineral concentration, placer chromite, sediments
Subjects: Beach Placer Mining
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2011 06:20
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2011 06:20

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