Structural and Geochemical Characteristics of Limonite ore in Dela Sri Lanka

Show simple item record Weerakoon, W.A.P. Balasooriya, N.W.B. Jayawardana, D.T. 2022-03-11T06:04:45Z 2022-03-11T06:04:45Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Limonite (FeO.OH (H2O)) is hydrated, amorphous, and non-crystalline form of iron oxide. Limonite contains around 52.86% of iron. In Sri Lanka hydrated iron oxide is present as boulders, hill capping and near-surface deposits, classified as supergene deposits, around Dela- Noragolla (Jayawardena, 1984). The objective of this research is to identify the chemical compositions, weathering grade, weathering pattern, decomposition, and provenance of Dela Limonite. There are only a limited number of detailed geochemical and mineralogical studies carried out up to date. Therefore, present research focuses on filling the gap in knowledge by identifying geochemistry with mineralogical characteristics of the limonite deposit. Each sample was homogeneously crushed. Fresh crushed samples were powdered using mortar and pestle and sieved into < 63 µm size. wave number. The most representative limonite sample (SLDL 01) was analyzed at 25 °C room temperature, obtained with 2Th/Th radiation, operating at 40 kV, 30 mA and diffraction data were compared with references. XRF analysis was carried out using Brucker hand held XRF S1 TITAN instrument for forty (40) selected major and trace elements by having 0.4008 average errors. Results and Discussions , 1100 cm , and 800 cm wave numbers showing water group, P-H bond, organic sulfate, P=O and silicate iron (Coates, 2000; Stringfellow et al, 1993). In XRD analysis minerals were verified as limonite, goethite, quartz and hematite present in the deposit. Measured XRF data are summarized in Figure 2. By comparing with UCC value, it was clearly identified that the Fe2O3, P2O5, and MnO are enriched in this deposit (Figure 3). MgO, TiO2, Cl, Co, and Ce slightly deviate from the UCC value. Al2O3, SiO2, K2O, CaO, S, V, Cr, Cu, Zn, Rb, Sr, Y, Sn have fewer amounts compared to the UCC value. Less amounts of Al2O3, SiO2, K2O, and CaO represent that insignificant amount of feldspar. Low percentage of silica in the deposit revealed that the rock formation was in mafic environments. Having very fewer amount of S and Chalcophile elements trace elements represent that there is no sulphide mineral is a source to form this deposit. Geochemically Ce, and Y are the traces, which were representing formation of apatite as a heavy mineral. By enrichment of P2O5, and fewer amount of Ca, Cl, OH, Ce and Y indicated that the apatite was present as a gangue mineral in this deposit. ‎ en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject Mineral Sciences en_US
dc.subject Materials Sciences en_US
dc.subject Mineral en_US
dc.subject Geochemistry en_US
dc.subject Geochemical en_US
dc.subject Science and Technology en_US
dc.title Structural and Geochemical Characteristics of Limonite ore in Dela Sri Lanka en_US
dc.title.alternative Research Symposium 2013 en_US
dc.type Other en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search UWU eRepository


My Account