Twenty nine (29) major, minor and trace elements including rare earth elements (REEs) were determined by INAA in rock samples from Akwana and Arufu areas, Middle Benue Trough, Nigeria. The rock units are located within the lead-fluorite and baryte mineralisation there. The concentrations of the major elements in the tertiary basalt (TB) and dolerite are similar while the elemental abundance in the granite gnesses is completely different. The elemental concentrations in the rock samples do not show any known relationship with fluorite abundance. The concentrations of some elements in both tertiary basalt and dolerite show them to be derived from alkali basaltic liquid. The chondritic normalised REE distribution patterns for the TB are similar to those of BCR-1 but the chondritic relative REE abundance is more enriched in TB than in the BCR-1. The chondritic normalised REE distribution patterns for the granite gneisses are also compared to those of the standard granite samples.
Rare Earth Elements (REE's) retain group coherence in their environment and are therefore useful geochemical markers. We report the pattern of ten REE's (La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Yb, Lu) determined by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) for coals obtained from eight mines in Nigeria, namely, Okaba, Enugu, Ogbete, Onyeama, Gombe, Lafia, Asaba and Afikpo. Our results show the existence of fractionations with the highest index of 13.19 for Lafia coal, depletion in HREE, negative Eu anomaly for most of the coals, REE patterns that are consistent with chondritic trends; prominent (Eu/Eu*)cn for Okaba and Gombe coals. Variations in geochemical data observed could suggest strong departures from band metamorphism during the coalification events of the Benue Trough geosynclines, where the coal deposits are all located.
Authors:L. Dim, J. Adetunji, C. Okujeni, S. Elegba, and S. Agaja
Twenty four elements: Fe, Al, Ca, Mg, K, Na, Sc, Sr, Co, Cr, Zn, V, Hf, Ir, W, REE (La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Yb, Lu) and Th were determined in limestone and associated calcite from Abakaliki, South-Eastern Nigeria, by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) technique. The USSG reference materials BCR-1 and AGV-1 were included in the analysis to assure quality control of the accumulated data. Hitherto, there is very little work of this type on the deposits in the region being studied. This study, therefore, provides baseline data for the deposit.