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Geological map of Ghana

Manganese mining in 'The Gold Coast' (Ghana)

Geological map of Ghana

Manganese mining in 'The Gold Coast' (Ghana)

Geological map of Ghana

Manganese mining in 'The Gold Coast' (Ghana)

Location is approximate, based on center of defined region.
Latitude & Longitude: 7° North , 1° West (est.)
Area:238,535 km2

Ghana is divided into 10 administrative regions, sub-divided into 275 districts.

Geologically, Ghana is underlain by the West African Craton, a Precambrian basement rock, which is one of the four cratons that make up the African continent. These cratons came together during the Proterozoic 2.1–2.0 giga-annum (Ga) Eburnean Orogeny. The southwestern region of the West African Craton, often referred to as the Leo-Man Shield, is composed of Archean rocks which are 3.0 to 2.5 Ga old. The eastern portion is dominated by Birimian rocks of Proterozoic age which were deposited just before and deformed during the Eburnean Orogeny, folded, intruded by granites, and metamorphosed to greenschist facies (Leube et al., 1990). The Proterozoic Birimian sequence of metasediments and metavolcanics is found throughout Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Liberia. The Birimian rocks contain many mineral deposits including primary and alluvial gold, as well as alluvial diamonds. (From Chirico et al., 2010.)

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded from this region.

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

88 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Localities in this Region

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Kesse, G.O. (1985): The Mineral and Rock Resources of Ghana. A.A. Balkema Publishers, Rotterdam, 610 pp.
Gaze, J. A. (1989). An outline of the main mineral resources of Ghana. 資源処理技術, 36(2), 56-68.
Feybesse, Jean-Louis; Billa, Mario; Guerrot, Catherine; Duguey, Emmanuel; Lescuyer, Jean-Luc; Milesi, Jean-Pierre; Bouchot, Vincent (2006): The paleoproterozoic Ghanaian province: Geodynamic model and ore controls, including regional stress modeling. Precambrian Research 149, 149-196.
Chirico, P.G., Malpeli, K.C., Anum, Solomon, Phillips, E.C., (2010), Alluvial diamond resource potential and production capacity assessment of Ghana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5045, 25 p.

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