Instrumental neutron activation and spectroscopic elemental analysis of iron-rich ore from Gara Djebillet region in Algeria

N. Sabba, N. Sahraoui, I. Ammour, A. Hadri, C. Aziez, B. Saim, B. Guedioura


This study was aimed at determining the concentrations of all chemical elements in iron-rich ore from the Gara Djebillet region in Algeria using instrumental neutron activation and spectroscopic analysis. Samples from four sites in the region were analyzed by spectroscopic methods such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and scanning microscopy (SM). In addition, instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) allowed for a complete quantitative characterization of the ore. Results showed that there were forty-two elements found in trace and ultra-trace amounts and which were equally exploitable. The iron-rich deposits of the region are of great economic value to the country. 

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