Sample records for bastnaesite

  1. Interaction of reactive oily bubble in flotation of bastnaesite

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    周芳; 王娄翔; 徐政和; 刘青侠; 池汝安


    To understand the flotation mechanism of bastnaesite using reactive oily bubble, the interaction between bastnaesite parti-cles and reactive oily bubbles was investigated by electro-kinetic studies, induction time measurements and small-scale flotation ex-periments. The bastnaesite flotation could be seen as a hetero-coagulation between bastnaesite particles and reactive oily bubbles which was confirmed by the zeta potential distribution and induction time measurements from pH 4.8 to pH 9.0. The small-scale flo-tation tests were consistent with the hetero-coagulation results, and showed a better flotation of reactive oily bubble than air bubble among all pH range. The interaction force between bastnaesite particles and reactive oily bubbles was evaluated by the classical DLVO theory. It indicated that the attachment could be predicted well by the DLVO theory only in a restricted pH range due to the absence of hydrophilic interaction repulsion force and chemical interaction force.

  2. Stepwise Chlorination-Chemical Vapor Transport Reactions for Bastnaesite Concentrate

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    张丽清; 王军; 范世华; 雷鹏翔; 王之昌


    Vapor phase extraction and mutual separation of rare earth (RE) elements from bastnaesite concentrate were investigated using stepwise chlorination-chemical vapor transport reactions mediated by vapor complexes LnAlnCl3n+3 (Ln=RE elements). The bastnaesite was heated to 800 K and chlorinated between 800~1300 K with C+Cl2+SiCl4 to remove CO2, SiF4 and high volatile chlorides. At the temperature of 1300 K for 6 h, the resulted RE chlorides were chemically transported and mutual separated with the vapor complexes while CaCl2 and BaCl2 were remained in the residues. Significantly different CVT characteristics were observed for gradually decreased and wave form temperature gradients

  3. Study on thorium recovery from bastnaesite treatment process

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    ZHANG Yongqi; XU Yang; HUANG Xiaowei; LONG Zhiqi; CUI Dali; HU Feng


    Thorium (Th) stripping behavior from HEH/EHP (2-(ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid mono-2-ethylhexyl ester) with H2SO4,HCl and HNO3 were investigaated.The results indicated that H2SO4 was the most effective stripping reagent compared with HCl and HNO3.Selecting H2SO4 as the stripping reagent,the effect of phase ratio,acidity,H2SO4 amount,HEH/EHP concentration and Th loading in HEH/EHP on Th stripping were systematically investigated.As a result,the optimum stripping conditions of Th(Ⅳ) were obtained as the concentration of H2SO4 solution was 3.50 mol/L,phase ratio was 4∶1.Low HEH/EHP concentration was benefit for Th stripping.Based on the results,pilot test for new Bastnaesite treatment process was carried out and the recovery of Ce,F and Th were more than 99%,98% and 95% separately.

  4. Study on leaching rare earths from bastnaesite treated by calcification transition

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    黄宇坤; 张廷安; 豆志河; 刘江; 唐方方


    Extracting rare earths from bastnaesite concentrate treated by calcification transition was studied through the single factor test and XRD patterns of bastnaesite after calcification and slags after leaching in HCl solution. And the effects of the main calcified parameters such as temperature, liquid/solid and calcified time on transition performance of bastnaesite were investigated. It was found that under the optimal conditions of calcification temperature of 250 ºC, liquid/solid of 20 mL/g, calcification time of 180 min, the highest leaching rate of rare earth were obtained, with the leaching ratio of rare earths 83.70%and Ce 77.01%, La 90.55%, Nd 92.03%, respectively;loss rates of fluorine with different calcification conditions were always less than 1%and XRD patterns of cal-cification slags and leaching slags showed that fluorine existed in the form of CaF2.

  5. Separation of Rare Earth Elements (Sm, Eu, Gd) in Bastnaesite by Displacement Chromatography

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    Kwon, Se Mann; Lee, Jin Young; Han, Choon [Kwangwoon University, Seoul (Korea); Kim, Sung Don; Yoon, Ho Sung; Kim, Joon Soo [Korea Institute of Geology Mining and Materials, Taejon (Korea)


    Rare earth elements (Sm, Eu, Gd) in bastnaesite were separated by displacement chromatography. Experiments were conducted to investigate elution characteristics and effects of retaining ions on separations of those elements. During separation processes, ions were exchanged in loading and separation columns packed with the cation-exchange resin (DOWEX 50WX8-200). Various retaining ions such as Cu{sup 2+}, Zn{sup 2+}, Co{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+}, Fe{sup 3+} and Al{sup 3+} were employed in the separation column. When the EDTA solution was used as an eluent, acidity and concentrations were regulated. Also, rare earth elements(RE) in bastnaesite ore were ionized by hydrochloric acid prior to separations. According to experimental results, Gd, Eu and Sm were eluated by turns and the order was in accord with that of stability constants for chelating complex with EDTA. During the eluation of RE, the acidity of eluate was lowered (pH 5-6) because retaining ions formed chelating complex with EDTA and hydrogen ion was formed as a result. The highest separation efficiency ({alpha}{sub Gd}{sup Sm} = 0.9388) was obtained when Al{sup 3+} was employed as a retaining ion. On the other hand, the lowest ({alpha}{sub Gd}{sup Sm} = 0.3876) was when Fe{sup 3+} was employed as a retaining ion. Another series of experiments were conducted to investigate effects of RE{sub 1}-EDTA eluent on the separation of RE. For experiments, Cu{sup 2+}, in the separation column was exchanged with retaining ion. Then, pure RE{sub 1}(Sm, Eu) was mixed with EDTA to form RE{sub 1}-EDTA solution(O.015 M) which was fed to the column as an eluent. Results showed that the separation efficiency improved because the eluation of RE{sub 1} in RE{sub 1}-EDTA solution was retarded compared to other RE. That is, the separation efficiency({alpha}{sub Gd}{sup Sm}) increased to 1.1612 and 1.4545 when SM-EDTA and EU-EDTA solution were used respectively. When EDTA solution was only used as an eluent, {alpha}{sub Gd}{sup Sm

  6. Reaction process of monazite and bastnaesite mixed rare earth minerals calcined by CaO-NaCl-CaCl2

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    The decomposition reactions of monazite and bastnaesite mixed rare earth minerals calcined by CaO-NaCl-CaCl2 were studied by means of TG-DTA and XRD. The results show that the process of the minerals decomposed by CaO involves two steps.The first step occurs in the temperature range of 425-540 ℃, and the main reactions are bastnaesite decomposition, i.e. REOF reacts with CaO to produce RE2O3 and CaF2, and Ce2O3 is oxidized to CeO2. During this step, CaCO3 is formed at about 500 ℃. The second step takes place in the temperature range of 610-700 ℃, and the reactions are monazite decomposition into RE2O3,Ca5F(PO4)3 and Ca3(PO4)2 by CaO and CaF2. In this process, the decomposition ability is improved because CaO from CaCO3decomposing has high chemical activity. In calcining process, the new formed Ca5F(PO4)3 restrains fluorine that can escape in form of gaseous compound. The decomposition ratio of the mixed rare earth minerals reaches 90.8% at 700 ℃.

  7. The Status of Radioactive Pollution during the Mineral Processing and Smelting from Sichuan Bastnaesite%四川氟碳铈矿选冶工艺过程放射性污染现状

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    王敏; 方方; 帅震清; 丁卫撑; 朱景良


    Through detecting the contents of radon in air in rare earth mines and radionuclides in wastewater and solid wastes,the status of radioactive pollution in development and utilization of rare earth in Sichuan was analyzed.%通过分析四川省稀土开发利用中放射性污染的状况,从放射性环境保护的角度对废渣、废水、废气三类样品进行了放射性检测和分析,得出了四川省稀土开发利用过程中所产生的放射性污染现状.

  8. S, C, O, H Isotope Data and Noble Gas Studies of the Maoniuping LREE Deposit, Sichuan Province, China: A Mantle Connection for Mineralization

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    TIAN Shihong; DING Tiping; MAO Jingwen; LI Yanhe; YUAN Zhongxin


    The Maoniuping REE deposit, located about 22 km to the southwest of Mianning, Sichuan Province, is the second largest light REE deposit in China, subsequent to the Bayan Obo Fe-Nb-REE deposit in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Tectonically, it is located in the transitional zone between the Panxi rift and the Longmenshan-Jinpingshan orogenic zone. It is a carbonatite vein-type deposit hosted in alkaline complex rocks. The bastnaesite-barite, bastnaesite-calcite, and bastnaesitemicrocline lodes are the main three types of REE ore lodes. Among these, the first lode is distributed most extensively and its REE mineralization is the strongest. The δ34SV-CDT values of the barites in the ore of the deposit vary in a narrow range of +5.0 to +5.1‰ in the bastnaesite-calcite lode and +3.3 to +5.9‰ in the bastnaesite-barite lode, showing the isotopic characteristics of magma-derived sulfur. The δ13CV-PDB values and the δ18OV-SMOW values in the bastnaesite-calcite lode range from -3.9 to -6.9‰ and from +7.3 to +9.7 ‰, respectively, which fall into the range of "primary carbonatites", showing that carbon and oxygen in the ores of the Maoniuping deposit were derived mainly from a deep source. The δ13CV-PDB values of fluid inclusions vary from -3.0 to -5.6‰, with -3.0 to -4.0‰ in the bastnaesitecalcite lode and -3.0 to -5.6‰ in the bastnaesite-barite lode, which show characteristics of mantlederived carbon. The δDv-SMOW values of fluid inclusions range from -57 to -88‰, with -63 to -86‰ in the bastnaesite-calcite lode and -57 to -88‰ in the bastnaesite-barite lode, which show characteristics of mantle-derived hydrogen. The δ18OH2OV-SMOW values vary from +7.4 to +8.6‰ in the bastnaesitecalcite lode, and +6.7 to +7.8‰ in the bastnaesite-barite lode, almost overlapping the range of +5.5 to +9.5‰ for magmatic water. The 4He content, R/Ra ratios are (13.95 to 119.58)×10-6 (cm3/g)STP and 0.02 to 0.11, respectively, and 40Ar/36Ar is 313 ± 1 to 437

  9. Partitioning properties of rare earth ores in China

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    CHI Ru'an; LI Zhongjun; PENG Cui; ZHU Guocai; XU Shengming


    The properties of rare earth partitioning in Chinese industrial rare earth ores were analyzed. Rare earth ores can be divided into the single-mineral type ore with bastnaesite, the multi-mineral type ore with bastnaesite and monazite, and the weathering crust type. Both the Bayan Obo rare earth ore and the Zhushan rare earth ore are a kind of mixed ore, consisting of bastnaesite and monazite. Their rare earth partitionings are strongly enriched in light rare earths, where CeO2 is 50% and the light rare earth partitioning is totally over 95%. The Mianning rare earth ore as well as the Weishan rare earth is a kind of rare earth ore only having bastnaesite. Their rare earth partitionings are also strongly enriched in light rare earths,in which CeO2 is 47% and the light rare earth partitioning is totally over 94%. For the weathering crust type rare earth ore,there are the Longnan rare earth ore, the Xunwu rare earth ore, and the middle yttrium and rich europium ore. In the Longnan rare earth ore, which is strongly enriched in heavy rare earths, Y2O3 is 64.83%, and the heavy and light rare earth partitionings are 89.40% and 10.53%, respectively. In the Xunwu rare earth ore, which is strongly enriched in light rare earths, CeO2 is 47.16%, and the light rare earth partitioning is totally 93.25%. Y and Eu are enriched in the middle yttrium and rich europium ore. Its middle rare earth partitioning is totally over 10%, and Eu2O3 and Y2O3 are over 0.5% and 20%,respectively, which are mainly industrial resources of the middle and the heavy rare earths.

  10. Separation chemistry and clean technique of cerium(IV):A review

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    邹丹; 陈继; 李德谦


    The separation method of changeable valence RE element of cerium (Ce) was reviewed in this paper. Solvent extraction is the most effective and efficient method to separate Ce(IV) from RE(III), usually accompanied with fluorine (F) and phosphor (P) from bastnaesite and monazite etc. By roast or wet-air oxidation, Ce(III) of bastnaesite and monazite was oxidized into Ce(IV), and Cyanex923 and [A336][P507] have been investigated to co-extract and recover Ce(IV), F and P from H2SO4 leaching liquor, leading to favorable conditions for the subsequent separation of Th(IV) and RE(III). The interaction of Ce(IV) and F and/or P enhances the roasting, leaching and extraction of Ce(IV) due to increasing of the stability of Ce(IV), and the formation of CeF3 and CePO4 after reductive stripping will benefit the utilization of F and P. For dealing with RE ores of high-content Ce, the clean process of oxidation roasting and Ce(IV)-F separation for Sichuan bastnaesite highlights the advantages of Ce(IV) based clean technique, which firstly demonstrates the comprehensive utilization of Ce(IV), Th(IV), F and RE(III) and prevention of environmental pollution from foun-tainhead. A preliminary flowsheet of two-step oxidation and extraction of Ce(IV) for Bayan Obo mixed ores was further proposed to process the oxidation and extraction of Ce(IV) in presence of both F and P, indicating the possibility of similar effects with clean process of Sichuan bastnaesite. Ce(IV) separation chemistry and clean technique will open up new realms for light RE resources utilization, meeting“Emission Standards of Pollutants from Rare Earths Industry”promulgated by China’s Ministry of Environment Protection (MOP) in 2011.

  11. 2004 China Rare Earth Review

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    production1. Rare Earth MineralsIn 2004, output of rare earth minerals kept on increasing,approached 98,300 tons including Baotou ore 46,600 tons,Sichuan ore 21,700 tons and ion adsorption rare earth ore30,000 tons (calculated by REO, following the same),increasing 6.84% over previous year (Table 1).Table 1 Constitution of Chinese Rare Earth Mineralsin 2004 (REO, ton)OutputTotalMixed RE Ore46,600Ion AdsorptionRE Ore30,000Bastnaesite21,70198,3102. Rare Earth Smelted and Separated ProductsProduction of rare e...

  12. Fluid—Melt and Fluid Inclusions in Mianning REE Deposit,Sichuan Southwest Cina

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    牛贺才; 林茂青; 等


    Abundant fluid-melt inclusions are found in the aegirine-augite-barite pegmatite and carbonatite veins in the Mianning REE deposit,Sichuan,They were trapped in early stage fluorite and quartz from a salt-melt system at temperatures higher than 5000℃,Meanwhile,fluid inclusions are also present in alrge amounts in bastnaesite.Homogenized between 150 and 270℃,these inclusions are thought to be representative of the physico-chemical conditions of REE mineralization.These results show that the Mianning REE deposit is of typical hydrothermal origin developed from a salt-melt system.

  13. Concept of separation technology for rare earth elements

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    The initial raw material for the designed separation of rare earth elements were flotation concetrates of bastnaesite ore from the Vietnamese Socialist Republic or phosphate concentrates produced during the manufacture of NPK fertilizer from the Kola apatite. A unified hydrometallurgical method shown in the figure was suggested for the reprocessing of the said concentrates. Liquid concentrate with a low content of Ce, without Th and with minimum content of fluorides enters the extraction separation: Di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid is used as the extraction agent. (E.S.). 1 fig

  14. International strategic minerals inventory summary report; rare-earth oxides (United States)

    Jackson, W.D.; Christiansen, Grey


    Bastnaesite, monazite, and xenotime are currently the most important rare-earth minerals. Bastnaesite occurs as a primary mineral in carbonatites. Monazite and xenotime also can be found in primary deposits but are recovered principally from heavy-mineral placers that are mined for titanium or tin. Each of these minerals has a different composition of the 15 rare-earth elements. World resources of economically exploitable rare-earth oxides (REO) are estimated at 93.4 million metric tons in place, composed of 93 percent in primary deposits and 7 percent in placers. The average mineral composition is 83 percent bastnaesite, 13 percent monazite, and 4 percent of 10 other minerals. Annual global production is about 67,000 metric tons of which 41 percent is from placers and 59 percent is from primary deposits; mining methods consist of open pits (94 percent) and dredging (6 percent). This output could be doubled if the operations that do not currently recover rare earths would do so. Resources are more than sufficient to meet the demand for the predictable future. About 52 percent of the world's REO resources are located in China. Ranking of other countries is as follows: Namibia (22 percent), the United States (15 percent), Australia (6 percent), and India (3 percent); the remainder is in several other countries. Conversely, 38 percent of the production is in China, 33 percent in the United States, 12 percent in Australia, and 5 percent each in Malaysia and India. Several other countries, including Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, make up the remainder. Markets for rare earths are mainly in the metallurgical, magnet, ceramic, electronic, chemical, and optical industries. Rare earths improve the physical and rolling properties of iron and steel and add corrosion resistance and strength to structural members at high temperatures. Samarium and neodymium are used in lightweight, powerful magnets for electric motors. Cerium and yttrium increase the

  15. Geochemical characterization of niobium (Nb) bearing granites in and around Kanigiri, Prakasham district, A.P.: implications for RMRE mineral exploration

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    A number of granite bodies of Mesoproterozoic age occur intermittently over a stretch of about 300 km from Vinukonda (Guntur district) in the north to Sri Kalahasthi (Chittoor district) in the south, proximal to the eastern margin of the Cuddapah basin. Notable among them are the Vinukonda granite, Darsi granite, Podili granite, Kanigiri granite and Anumalakonda granite. Columbite-tantalite, fergusonite, bastnaesite, samarskite, allanite, monazite and thorite are the rare metal and rare earth bearing minerals in the Kanigiri pluton. Based on the geochemical analysis of sixty (60) granite samples by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (WDXRFS), the samples were grouped into Nb rich and Nb poor varieties. The present study attempts geochemical characterization of Nb-rich and normal granitoids (Nb poor) in and around Kanigiri, Prakasham dist, A.P.

  16. Discovery of Cu-Zn, Cu-Sn intermetallic minerals and its significance for genesis of the Mianning-Dechang REE Metallogenic Belt, Sichuan Province, China

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    XIE Yuling; HOU Zengqian; XU Jiuhua; YUAN Zhongxin; BAI Ge; LI Xiaoyu


    Mianning-Dechang Himalayan REE Metallogenetic Belt in Sichuan Province lies along the western margin of the Yangtze Craton. We have conducted detailed mineralogical studies on ore minerals collected from Maoniuping and Dalucao, the two largest deposits in the belt. With optical microscope, SEM/EDS, and EPMA, three rare intermetallic minerals, i.e., zinccopperite (Cu2Zn), Sn- bearing native copper, and Cu-bearing jupiter were found to occur in the main ore along with barite, fluorite, apatite, sulfide and bastnaesite. Since the conditions under which zinccopperite and Sn- bearing native copper formed are quite unique, finding of these minerals, for the first time in domestic REE deposits, has significant implications for the genesis of the ore deposits in which they occur. In comparison with Cu-Zn intermetallic minerals in other occurrences, we propose that the formation of this REE metallogenetic belt is associated with fast upwelling of the Himalayan magma from deep source.

  17. Sedimentary carbonate-hosted giant Bayan Obo REE-Fe-Nb ore deposit of Inner Mongolia, China; a cornerstone example for giant polymetallic ore deposits of hydrothermal origin (United States)

    Chao, E.C.T.; Back, J.M.; Minkin, J.A.; Tatsumoto, M.; Junwen, Wang; Conrad, J.E.; McKee, E.H.; Zonglin, Hou; Qingrun, Meng; Shengguang, Huang


    Detailed, integrative field and laboratory studies of the textures, structures, chemical characteristics, and isotopically determined ages and signatures of mineralization of the Bayan Obo deposit provided evidence for the origin and characteristics favorable for its formation and parameters necessary for defining giant polymetallic deposits of hydrothermal origin. Bayan Obo is an epigenetic, metasomatic, hydrothermal rare earth element (REE)-Fe-Nb ore deposit that is hosted in the metasedimentary H8 dolostone marble of the Middle Proterozoic Bayan Obo Group. The metasedimentary sequence was deposited on the northern continental slope of the North China craton. The mine area is about 100 km south of the suture marking Caledonian subduction of the Mongolian oceanic plate from the north beneath the North China craton. The mineralogy of the deposit is very complex, consisting of more than 120 different minerals, some of which are epigenetic minerals introduced by hydrothermal solutions, and some of which are primary and secondary metamorphic minerals. The major REE minerals are monazite and bastnaesite, whereas magnetite and hematite are the dominant Fe-ore minerals, and columbite is the most abundant Nb mineral. Dolomite, alkali amphibole, fluorite, barite, aegirine augite, apatite, phlogopite, albite, and microcline are the most widespread gangue minerals. Three general types of ores occur at Bayan Obo: disseminated, banded, and massive ores. Broad zoning of these ore types occurs in the Main and East Orebodies. Disseminated ores are in the outermost zone, banded ores are in the intermediate zone, and massive ores are in the cores of the orebodies. On the basis of field relations, host rocks, textures, structures, and mineral assemblages, many varieties of these three types of ores have been recognized and mapped. Isotopic dating of monazite, bastnaesite, aeschynite, and metamorphic and metasomatic alkali amphiboles associated with the deposit provides constraints

  18. Decomposition Reaction of Mixed Rare Earth Concentrate and Roasted with CaO and NaCl

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    Wu Wenyuan; Hu Guangyong; Sun Shuchen; Chen Xudong; Tu Ganfeng


    The reaction of the mixed rare earth concentrate including monazite ( REPO4 ) and bastnaesite ( REFCO3 )decomposed by CaO and NaCl additives at the temperature range from 100 to 1000 ℃ was studied by means of XRD and TG-DTA.The results show that when CaO and NaCl are not added, only REFCO3 can be decomposed at the temperature of 377 ~ 450 ℃.The decomposition products include REOF, RE2O3 and CeO2.However, REFCO3 can not be decomposed.When CaO is added, the decomposition reactions occur at the temperature range from 660 to 750 ℃.CaO has three decomposition functions: ( 1 ) REPO4 can be decomposed by CaO and the decomposition products include RE2O3 and Ca3 (PO4)2; (2) CaO can decompose REOF, and the decomposition products are RE2O3 and CaF2; (3)CaO can decompose REPO4 with CaF2, and the decomposition products are RE2 O3, Ca5 F( PO4 )3.The decomposition ratio of the mixed rare earth concentrate increased obviously, when CaO and NaC1 were added.NaC1 can supply the liquid for the reaction, improve the mass transfer process and accelerate the reaction.At the same time, NaC1 participated in the reaction that REPO4 was decomposed by CaO.

  19. Setting and genesis of uranium mineralization at Rexspar

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    Preto, V.A.


    The Rexspar uranium deposit is located approximately 5 kilometers south of Birch Island, B.C. Three separate zones of commercial-grade uranium mineralization mineable by open pit have been outlined. Uranium and fluorite-celestite mineralization occur in a trachytic member of alkali-feldspar porphyry, lithic tuff, tuff breccia and pyritic schist conformably interlayered with a succession of strongly deformed greenschists and fragmental rocks that are, in large part at least, of volcanic origin. The age of these strata is not precisely known, but they are considered as part of the possibly Mississippian Eagle Bay Formation. Commercial-grade uranium mineralization is always associated with fluorphlogopite-pyrite replacement of the trachytic unit and is contiguous to, but separate from, a zone of ore-grade fluorite mineralization. In all zones, ore occurs in lenses of variable thickness and lateral extent, which lie parallel to the schistosity of the trachytic rocks and surrounding greenschists. The principal radioactive minerals at Rexspar have been identified by other workers as uraninite, uranothorite, bastnaesite, torbernite and metatorbernite. Considerable amounts of thorium oxide and widespread rare earths have been reported from all three radioactive zones. The geology of the deposit suggests that the trachytic rocks represent a highly differentiated intrusive-extrusive system in which fluorphlogopite, pyrite, fluorite and uranium-bearing minerals were deposited late in the evolution of the system by deuteric, volatile-rich fluids. The considerable amounts of thorium and widespread rare earths associated with the uranium tend to support the thesis that this element is of primary origin rather than secondary.

  20. Decomposition of the mixed rare earth concentrate by microwave-assisted method

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    黄宇坤; 张廷安; 刘江; 豆志河; 田俊行


    A novel process was proposed to strengthen the decomposition of the mixed rare earth concentrate by utilizing the micro-wave radiation. Mineralogical information on the mechanisms by which microwave heating improved the leaching behavior of rare earth elements (REEs),and an interpretation of the interrelationship between mineralogy, decomposition process, and leaching proc-ess were provided in this study. The influences of the temperature, time of microwave heating and contents of NaOH (mass ratio of NaOH to mixed rare earth concentrate) on the decomposition of mixed rare earth concentrate were investigated. The results revealed that the temperature was the main factor affecting the decomposition process. The recovery of REEs by hydrochloric acid leaching reached 93.28% under the microwave heating conditions: 140 ºC, 30 min and 35.35% NaOH. The BET specific surface area and SEM analysis indicated that the particles of mixed rare earth concentrate were non-hole, while the particles presented a porous structure af-ter heating the concentrate by microwave radiation. For the microwave treated sample after water leaching, the BET specific surface area was 11.04 m2/g, which was higher than the corresponding values (6.94 m2/g) for the mixed rare earth concentrate. This result could be attributed to the phase changes of bastnaesite and monazite, and a number of cracks induced by thermal stress. The increase of BET specific surface area resulted in an increase of the recovery of REEs by promoting interaction within the system of acid leaching.

  1. Energy status and R and D activities on ADS in Turkey

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    Although there have been three attempts in Turkey to built a NPP, in 1965, 1974, and 1980, there is no nuclear power plants in operation, under construction nor decommissioned. According to the current long term energy planning studies in Turkey, nuclear electricity will begin to contribute national electricity production in 2020 with a capacity of 2 GWe. The nuclear policy of the country includes research and development activities in the application of nuclear energy sectors. Research and development activities in the nuclear field in Turkey are performed by The Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK), The Mineral Exploration and Research Directorate and related departments of some universities in Turkey. After the postponement of the third Akkuyu NPP Project, the Government stated that the intention to use and to participate in the development of innovative nuclear technologies. In this context, Turkey has been participating in the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactor Technologies and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), Technical Working Group on Gas Cooled Reactors coordinated by the IAEA. Co-operation with international/national groups on theoretical and experimental projects concerning innovative technologies would lead to an increase of staff capabilities and experience on nuclear technology in Turkey. A national project, named, 'Separation and purification of rare earth minerals and thorium from bastnaesite complex ore of Eskisehir-Sivirihisar region has been started in 2003 in order to determine the feasibility of 380,000 ton low grade (∼0.21%) thorium and some rare earth minerals at the vicinity of Eskisehir-Sivirihisar. After the production of CeO2 was succeeded in March 2004, simultaneously, thorium has been extracted from the samples with 99% efficiency as byproduct where thorium is considered to be economical. In view of the suitability of ADS design for the thorium utilization, an intention exists to participate to relevant ADS activities

  2. Thorium partitioning in Greek industrial bauxite investigated by synchrotron radiation and laser-ablation techniques

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    Gamaletsos, P. [Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, 15784 Zographou (Greece); Godelitsas, A., E-mail: [Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, 15784 Zographou (Greece); Mertzimekis, T.J. [Department of Physics, University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, 15771 Zographou (Greece); Goettlicher, J.; Steininger, R. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Synchrotron Radiation, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Xanthos, S. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Berndt, J.; Klemme, S. [Institut fuer Mineralogie, Corrensstrasse 24, Universitaet Muenster, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Kuzmin, A. [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Kengaraga st. 8, 1063 Riga (Latvia); Bardossy, G. [Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1051 Budapest (Hungary)


    Typical red-brown (Fe-rich) and high-quality white-grey (Fe-depleted) bauxite samples from active mines of the Parnassos-Ghiona area, central Greece, were investigated. According to XRF and ICP-MS analyses their actinide content, and particularly of Th, is relatively increased. Fe-depleted samples contain up to 62.75 ppm Th corresponding to 220 Bq/kg due to {sup 228}Ac ({sup 232}Th-series), whereas Fe-rich samples are less Th-radioactive (up to 58.25 ppm Th, 180 Bq/kg due to {sup 228}Ac). Powder-XRD patterns showed that Th-enriched (Fe-depleted) bauxite consists mostly of diaspore (AlOOH polymorph), anatase and rutile (TiO{sub 2} polymorphs). SEM-EDS indicated the presence of Ti-Fe-containing phases (e.g. ilmenite, FeTiO{sub 3}), chromite (Cr-spinel) and besides LREE-minerals (mostly bastnaesite/parisite-group) and zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}) hosting a part of the bulk Th. The presence of Th in diaspore and in Ti-containing phases (not detected by SEM-EDS as in the case of REE-minerals and zircon) was investigated, into distinct pisoliths of Fe-depleted bauxite, using {mu}-XRF and {mu}-XAFS in the SUL-X beamline of the ANKA Synchrotron facility (KIT, Germany). XAFS spectra of Th salts and Th-containing reference materials were obtained as well. Accordingly it was revealed, for the first time in the literature, that Ti-phases, and particularly anatase, host significant amounts of Th. This novel conclusion was complementary supported by LA-ICP-MS analyses indicated an average of 73 ppm Th in anatase grains together with abundant Nb (3356 ppm), Ta (247 ppm) and U (33 ppm). The Th L{sub III}-edge XAFS spectra as compared to reference materials, give also evidence that Th{sup 4+} may not replace Ti{sup 4+} in distorted [TiO{sub 6}] fundamental octahedral units of anatase and ilmenite lattice (CN = 6). The occupation of either extraframework sites of higher coordination (CN = 6.9 or even CN = 7.4), according to EXAFS signals evaluation, or of defected/vacant (**) sites is more

  3. Proximal and distal styles of pegmatite-related metasomatic emerald mineralization at Ianapera, southern Madagascar (United States)

    Andrianjakavah, Prosper Rakotovao; Salvi, Stefano; Béziat, Didier; Rakotondrazafy, Michel; Giuliani, Gaston


    The Ianapera emerald deposit is located in the Neoproterozoic Vohibory Block of southern Madagascar. The local geology consists of intercalated migmatitic gneissic units and calcareous metasedimentary rocks, containing boudinaged metamorphosed mafic/ultramafic lenses, all intruded by pegmatite veins. These units occur near the hinge of the tightly folded Ianapera antiform, within a few kilometers of the Ampanihy shear zone. Emerald mineralization is hosted by metasomatic phlogopite veins, and bodies developed within the mafic/ultramafic rocks. Based on field and textural relationships, we distinguish proximal and distal styles of mineralization. Proximal mineralization occurs at the contact of pegmatite veins with mafic/ultramafic units; in the distal style, pegmatites are not observed. Three types of emeralds could be distinguished, mainly on the basis of color and mineral zoning. Some of these emeralds have the most Al-depleted and Cr-rich composition ever recorded. Another characteristic feature to the Ianapera deposit and, to our knowledge, yet unreported, is the association of some emeralds with scapolite in metasomatised mafic rocks. Mineral inclusions are common in most emeralds and include phlogopite, carbonates, barite, K-feldspar, quartz, pyrite, zircon, monazite, bastnaesite, phenakite, plus Fe and Cr oxides. However, feldspar and rare earth element-bearing minerals occur predominantly in proximal emeralds, which also have a more incompatible trace-element signature than distal emeralds. We propose a model related to syn- to post-tectonic magmatic-hydrothermal activity. Pegmatitic bodies intruded units of the Ianapera antiform probably during tectonic relaxation. Exsolution of fluids rich in halogens and incompatible elements from the cooling pegmatites caused hydrothermal metasomatism of Cr-bearing mafic/ultramafic rocks in direct contact with the pegmatites. Local fracturing favored fluid infiltration, permitting the formation of distal mineralization

  4. Petrology and textural evolution of granites associated with tin and rare-metals mineralization at the Pitinga mine, Amazonas, Brazil (United States)

    Lenharo, Sara Lais Rahal; Pollard, Peter J.; Born, Helmut


    The Água Boa and Madeira igneous complexes at the Pitinga mine were emplaced into acid volcanic rocks of the Paleoproterozoic Iricoumé Group, and host major tin, rare-metal (Zr, Nb, Ta, Y, REE) and cryolite mineralization. The igneous complexes are elongate NE-SW and each is composed of three major facies that, in order of emplacement, include porphyritic and equigranular rapakivi granite and biotite granite in both igneous complexes, followed by topaz granite in the Água Boa igneous complex (ABIC) and albite granite in the Madeira igneous complex (MIC). Rapakivi, porphyritic and granophyric textures observed in the granites are interpreted to reflect multiple stages of crystallization at different pressures (depths). Decompression during ascent shifted the magmas into the plagioclase stability field, causing partial resorption of quartz, with subsequent growth at lower pressure. Fluid saturation and separation probably occurred after final emplacement at shallow levels. Temperature and pressure estimates based on phase relations and zircon concentrations range from a maximum of 930 °C and 5 kbar for the rapakivi granites to below 650 °C and 1 kbar for the peralkaline albite granite. This suggests initial crystallization of early intrusive phases at around 15 km depth, with final emplacement of more volatile-rich crystal-mush at a depth of 0.5-1 km. Accessory minerals, including zircon, thorite, monazite, columbite-tantalite, cassiterite, bastnaesite and xenotime are present in almost all facies of the Água Boa and Madeira igneous complexes, attesting to the highly evolved character of the magmas. The presence of magnetite and/or primary cassiterite indicate crystallization under oxidizing conditions above the NNO buffer. The evolutionary sequence and Nd isotope characteristics ( TDM=2.2-2.4 Ga) of the Pitinga granites are similar to those of other Proterozoic rapakivi granites. However, petrographic, geochemical and Nd isotopic data ( ɛNd initial=-2.1 to +0

  5. Rare earth minerals and resources in the world

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    Kanazawa, Yasuo [Human Resource Department, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan)]. E-mail:; Kamitani, Masaharu [Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba 305-8567 (Japan)


    About 200 rare earth (RE) minerals are distributed in a wide variety of mineral classes, such as halides, carbonates, oxides, phosphates, silicates, etc. Due to the large ionic radii and trivalent oxidation state, RE ions in the minerals have large coordination numbers (c.n.) 6-10 by anions (O, F, OH). Light rare earth elements (LREEs) tend to occupy the larger sites of 8-10 c.n. and concentrate in carbonates and phosphates. On the other hand, heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) and Y occupy 6-8 c.n. sites and are abundant in oxides and a part of phosphates. Only a few mineral species, such as bastnaesite (Ce,La)(CO{sub 3})F, monazite (Ce,La)PO{sub 4}, xenotime YPO{sub 4}, and RE-bearing clay have been recovered for commercial production. Bayan Obo, China is the biggest RE deposit in the world. One of probable hypotheses for ore geneses is that the deposit might be formed by hydrothermal replacement of carbonate rocks of sedimentary origin. The hydrothermal fluid may be derived from an alkaline-carbonatite intrusive series. Following Bayan Obo, more than 550 carbonatite/alkaline complex rocks constitute the majority of the world RE resources. The distribution is restricted to interior and marginal regions of continents, especially Precambrian cratons and shields, or related to large-scale rift structures. Main concentrated areas of the complexes are East African rift zones, northern Scandinavia-Kola peninsula, eastern Canada and southern Brazil. Representative sedimentary deposits of REE are placer- and conglomerate-types. The major potential countries are Australia, India, Brazil, and Malaysia. Weathered residual deposits have been formed under tropical and sub-tropical climates. Bauxite and laterite nickel deposit are the representative. Ion adsorption clay without radioactive elements is known in southern China. Weathering processes concentrate REE in a particular clay mineral-layer in the weathered crusts whose source were originally REE-rich rocks like granite

  6. Geodynamic evolution of a Pan-African granitoid of extended Dizo Valley in Karbi Hills, NE India: Evidence from Geochemistry and Isotope Geology (United States)

    Majumdar, Dilip; Dutta, Pankhi


    The Dizo Valley is an important geological province in NW Karbi Hills of Shillong Plateau (NE India). The Karbi Hills contain profusely intruded bodies of A-type granitoids that have been attributed to a post-collision setting. The Dizo Valley magmatic suite is a bimodal association of voluminous granitoid plutons with dolerite and amphibolites (metabasalts). Our present data demonstrates that there were two episodes of A-type granitoid magmatism in this part of the craton. Studied Kathalguri granitoids (KG) of Dizo Valley represents the late phase, about 515.1 ± 3.3-515.5 + 2.7 Ma age, dated by zircon LA-ICPMS U-Pb method. The age of emplacement represent the late Pan-African (Mid-Cambrian) event of granitoid magmatism concomitant to the Gondwana continental restructuring event with the integration of East and West Gondwana held between 570 and 510 Ma. A previous granitoid emplacement episode of about 690 Ma has been referred in literature. The late phase of granitoids formation tends to be massive, occasionally show flow banding, degassing pots and amphibolite breccias with chilled margin. Its mineralogy shows abundance of accessory phases like zircon, allanite, apatite, bastnaesite, monazite, sphene and xenotime. Geochemical parameters offer metaluminous to peraluminous, non-porphyritic, shoshonitic to high potassium, calc-alkaline composition. Other chemical criteria bear the character of A2-type granitoids with high SiO2 (64.00-70.75 wt.%) and alkali (3.26-6.30 wt.%) but poor Ca and Mg content. The binary plots of Y + Nb-Rb and Y-Nb confirm their within-plate granite (WPG) character. The pluton is enriched in total REE (av. 614.64 ppm), Y and heavy REE (27.62-65.00 ppm; av. 41.87 ppm) compared to low calcium granite; Eu anomaly is moderately negative (∂Eu = 0.43). Enrichment of incompatible elements like large ion lithophile elements (LILE) of Rb, Ba and Sr and REE are consistent with the A-type granites. The behavior of Ba, Rb and Sr suggest a progressive

  7. Chemical and ceramic methods toward safe storage of actinides using monazite. 1998 annual progress report

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    'The use of ceramic monazite, (La,Ce)PO4, for sequestering actinides, especially plutonium, and some other radioactive waste elements (rare earths e.g.) and thus isolating them from the environment has been championed by Lynn Boatner of ORNL. It may be used alone or, as it is compatible with many other minerals in nature, can be used in composite combinations. Natural monazite, which almost invariably contains Th and U, is often formed in hydrothermal pegmatites and is extremely water resistant--examples are known where the mineral has been washed out of rocks (becoming a placer mineral as on the beach sands of India, Australia, Brazil etc.) then reincorporated into new rocks with new crystal overgrowths and then washed out again--being 2.5--3 billion years old. During this demanding water treatment it has retained Th and U. Where very low levels of water attack have been seen (in more siliceous waters), the Th is tied up as new ThSiO4 and remains immobile. Lest it be thought that rare-earths are rare or expensive, this is not so. In fact, the less common lanthanides such as gadolinium, samarium, europium, and terbium, are necessarily extracted and much used by, e.g., the electronics industry, leaving La and Ce as not-sufficiently-used by-products. The recent development of large scale use of Nd in Nd-B-Fe magnets has further exaggerated this. Large deposits of the parent mineral bastnaesite are present in the USA and in China. (Mineral monazite itself is not preferred due to its thorium content.) In the last 5 years it has become apparent show that monazite (more specifically La-monazite) is an unrecognized/becoming-interesting ceramic material. PuPO4 itself has the monazite structure; the PO4 3-unit strongly stabilizes actinides and rare earths in their trivalent state. Monazite melts without decomposition (in a closed system) at 2,074 C and, being compatible with common ceramic oxides such as alumina, mullite, zirconia and YAG, is useful in oxidatively stable

  8. Geology and description of thorium and rare-earth deposits in the southern Bear Lodge Mountains, northeastern Wyoming (United States)

    Staatz, M.H.


    areas that total 1.69 km 2 . These deposits could be mined by open pit. The Bear Lodge disseminated deposits have one of the largest resources of both total rare earths and thorium in the United States, and although the grade of both commodities is lower than some other deposits, their large size and relative cheapness of mining make them an important future resource. Vein deposits in the Bear Lodge Mountains include all tabular bodies at least 5 cm thick. Twenty-six veins were noted in this area. These veins are thin and short; the longest vein was traced for only 137 m. Minerals vary greatly in the amount present. Gangue minerals are commonly potassium feldspar, quartz, or cristobalite intermixed with varying amounts of limonite, hematite, and various manganese oxides. Rare earths and thorium occur in the minerals monazite, brockite, and bastnaesite. Thorium content of 35 samples ranged from 0.01 to 1.2 percent, and the total rare-earth content of 21 samples from 0.23 to 9.8 percent. Indicated reserves were calculated to a depth of one-third the exposed length of the vein. Inferred reserves lie in a block surrounding indicated reserves. Indicated reserves of all veins are only 50 t of Th0 2 and 1,360 t of total rare-earth oxides; inferred reserves are 250 t of Th0 2 and 6,810 t of total rare-earth oxides. The Bear Lodge dome, which underlies the greater part of this area, is formed by multiple intrusive bodies of Tertiary age that dome up the surrounding sedimentary rocks. In the southern part of the core, the younger intrusive bodies surround and partly replace a granite of Precambrian age. This granite is approximately 2.6 b.y. old. The sedimentary rocks around the core are (from oldest to youngest): Deadwood Formation of Late Cambrian and Early Ordovician age, Whitewood Limestone of Late Ordovician age, Pahasapa Limestone of Early Mississippian age, Minnelusa Sandstone of Pennsylvanian and Early Permian age, Opeche Formation of Permian age, Minnek