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Analyses and economic potential of monazite in Liberia

Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey

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Abstract

Eleven monazite samples from Liberia, including seven from beach sands, were analyzed by the X-ray fluorescence method. The monazite samples, containing only one-half percent impurities, were obtained by use of a hot Clerici-solution procedure for purification which was devised by the author. The percentage of the rare-earth elements in Liberian monazite concentrates does not differ greatly from that of monazite sands elsewhere in the world. The average of the 11 samples shows less praseodymium and neodymium than Russian and American monazites, but more cerium. Liberian coastal sands apparently contain sufficient reserves of monazite (and other heavy minerals of commerce) to encourage mining. A feasibility study of production and marketing of monazite from Liberian beach sands is recommended.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Analyses and economic potential of monazite in Liberia
Series title:
Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
Volume
2
Issue:
6
Year Published:
1974
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Mineral Resources Program
Description:
4 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey
First page:
689
Last page:
692
Country:
Liberia