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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

GeoFile 2014-07:  Columbite-tantalite and pyrochlore as indicator minerals for specialty metal deposits

by D.A.R. Mackay and G.J. Simandl

Presented as a poster at the annual Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference (2014), Geofile 2014-7 presents mineral chemistry discrimination diagrams for pyrochlore and columbite-tantalite minerals. These diagrams can be used to explore for undiscovered specialty metal deposits. They are based on new microprobe analyses from British Columbia carbonatites and worldwide data compiled from the literature. This project received funding from Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4 (2010-2015), a Natural Resources Canada program carried out under the auspices of the Geological Survey of Canada.


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