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Abu Dabbab Ta-Sn deposit, Marsa Alam, Eastern Desert, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 25° North , 34° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~19km
Locality type:Deposit
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate


Highly fractionated muscovite-albite granite, hosting an economic Ta-Sn mineralization. The granite occurs as an inclined sheet- to stock-like body of ellipsoidal shape with an outcrop area of about 400 m x 250 m and extends to a depth of at least 350 m. Rare element minerals occur as fine-grained disseminations throughout the entire granite body. Quartz veins in country rocks are mineralized with tin and minor tungsten.

The deposit will be mined from an open pit, scheduled to commence in 2010. Reserves are estimated at 10,000 tons of Ta2O5. In addition, it contains mineable tin resources and ceramic grade feldspar.

Regions containing this locality

Sahara Desert, North Africa

Desert - 711 mineral species & varietal names listed

Sahara Desert

Desert - 600 mineral species & varietal names listed

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


16 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Albite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Cassiterite
Formula: SnO2
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Columbite-(Fe)
Formula: FeNb2O6
Reference: Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Columbite-(Mn)
Formula: (Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
'Garnet Group'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
Ixiolite
Formula: (Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Microcline
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Microcline var: Amazonite
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
'Tantalite'
Formula: (Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
Tantalite-(Mn)
Formula: MnTa2O6
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
'Tapiolite'
Formula: (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
Tapiolite-(Fe)
Formula: (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Reference: Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Thorianite
Formula: ThO2
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
Thorite
Formula: Th(SiO4)
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
Thorite var: Uranothorite
Formula: (Th,U)SiO4
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
Topaz
Formula: Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
'Tourmaline'
Formula: A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Wodginite
Formula: Mn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
'Wolframite'
Formula: (Fe2+)WO4 to (Mn2+)WO4
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
'Zinnwaldite'
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.; Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)
Reference: Küster, D. (2009): Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 3 - Halides
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Cassiterite4.DB.05SnO2
Columbite-(Fe)4.DB.35FeNb2O6
Columbite-(Mn)4.DB.35(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Ixiolite4.DB.25(Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Tantalite-(Mn)4.DB.35MnTa2O6
Tapiolite-(Fe)4.DB.10(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Thorianite4.DL.05ThO2
Wodginite4.DB.40Mn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
Group 9 - Silicates
'Albite'9.FA.35Na(AlSi3O8)
Microcline9.FA.30K(AlSi3O8)
var: Amazonite9.FA.30K(AlSi3O8)
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Thorite9.AD.30Th(SiO4)
var: Uranothorite9.AD.30(Th,U)SiO4
Topaz9.AF.35Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Zircon9.AD.30Zr(SiO4)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
Garnet Group-X3Z2(SiO4)3
Tantalite-(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Tapiolite-(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Tourmaline-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Wolframite-(Fe2+)WO4 to (Mn2+)WO4
Zinnwaldite-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
AX2
Cassiterite4.4.1.5SnO2
Group 5 - OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
AXO2·xH2O
Thorianite5.1.1.2ThO2
Group 8 - MULTIPLE OXIDES CONTAINING NIOBIUM,TANTALUM OR TITANIUM
ABO4
Ixiolite8.1.10.1(Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
Wodginite8.1.8.1Mn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
AB2O6
Columbite-(Fe)8.3.2.2FeNb2O6
Columbite-(Mn)8.3.2.4(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Tantalite-(Mn)8.3.2.3MnTa2O6
Tapiolite-(Fe)8.3.1.1(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in >[6] coordination
Thorite51.5.2.3Th(SiO4)
Zircon51.5.2.1Zr(SiO4)
Group 52 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] coordination only
Topaz52.3.1.1Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Albite76.1.3.1Na(AlSi3O8)
Microcline76.1.1.5K(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
Microcline
var: Amazonite
-K(AlSi3O8)
'Tantalite'-(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
'Tapiolite'-(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Thorite
var: Uranothorite
-(Th,U)SiO4
'Tourmaline'-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
'Wolframite'-(Fe2+)WO4 to (Mn2+)WO4
'Zinnwaldite'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
BBoron
B TourmalineA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
OOxygen
O AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
O Microcline (var: Amazonite)K(AlSi3O8)
O CassiteriteSnO2
O Columbite-(Fe)FeNb2O6
O Columbite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
O Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
O Ixiolite(Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
O MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O QuartzSiO2
O Tantalite(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
O Tantalite-(Mn)MnTa2O6
O Tapiolite(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
O Tapiolite-(Fe)(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
O ThorianiteThO2
O ThoriteTh(SiO4)
O TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
O TourmalineA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
O Thorite (var: Uranothorite)(Th,U)SiO4
O WodginiteMn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
O Wolframite(Fe2+)WO4 to (Mn2+)WO4
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
FFluorine
F FluoriteCaF2
F TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
NaSodium
Na AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
AlAluminium
Al AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Al Microcline (var: Amazonite)K(AlSi3O8)
Al MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
SiSilicon
Si AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Si Microcline (var: Amazonite)K(AlSi3O8)
Si Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
Si MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
Si ThoriteTh(SiO4)
Si TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Si Thorite (var: Uranothorite)(Th,U)SiO4
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
KPotassium
K Microcline (var: Amazonite)K(AlSi3O8)
K MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca FluoriteCaF2
MnManganese
Mn Columbite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Mn Ixiolite(Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
Mn Tantalite(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Mn Tantalite-(Mn)MnTa2O6
Mn Tapiolite(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Mn WodginiteMn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
Mn Wolframite(Fe2+)WO4 to (Mn2+)WO4
FeIron
Fe Columbite-(Fe)FeNb2O6
Fe Columbite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Fe Tantalite(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Fe Tapiolite(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Fe Tapiolite-(Fe)(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Fe Wolframite(Fe2+)WO4 to (Mn2+)WO4
ZrZirconium
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)
NbNiobium
Nb Columbite-(Fe)FeNb2O6
Nb Columbite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Nb Ixiolite(Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
Nb Tantalite(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Nb Tapiolite(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
SnTin
Sn CassiteriteSnO2
Sn WodginiteMn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
TaTantalum
Ta Columbite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
Ta Ixiolite(Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
Ta Tantalite(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Ta Tantalite-(Mn)MnTa2O6
Ta Tapiolite(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Ta Tapiolite-(Fe)(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Ta WodginiteMn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
WTungsten
W Wolframite(Fe2+)WO4 to (Mn2+)WO4
ThThorium
Th ThorianiteThO2
Th ThoriteTh(SiO4)
Th Thorite (var: Uranothorite)(Th,U)SiO4
UUranium
U Thorite (var: Uranothorite)(Th,U)SiO4

References

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Küster, D. (2009): Granitoid-hosted Ta mineralization in the Arabian-Nubian Shield: Ore deposit types, tectono-metallogenetic setting and petrogenetic framework. Ore Geology Reviews 35, 68-86.
Fengjun Nie, Fengxiang Wang, Yu'an Zhao, Yan Sun, and Hua Chai (2013): Geological features and origin of Zhaojinggou Nb-Ta deposit in Wuchuan County, Inner Mongolia. Mineral Deposits 32(4), 730-743 (in Chinese with English abstract).


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