A reconnaissance wadi-sediment geochemical survey was conducted in the Al Jurdhawiyah (sheet 28/42 D) and Wadi al Jarir (sheet 2G/42 C) quadrangles in order to identify anomalies potentially related to mineralized rock. Sieved bulk-sediment fractions and pan concentrates were created from the original samples collected from wadis in the two quadrangles. A semiquantitative 30-element spectrographic analysis was completed on both the sieved bulk-sediment fraction and the pan concentrate of each sample. The results were statistically analyzed in an attempt to identify anomalous regions. Anomaly threshold values were calculated for most elements; the threshold value of an element in a data set is defined as the geometric mean value plus two standard deviations.
The Bald al Jimalah West tin-tungsten deposit (MODS 02661) in the southern part of the Al Jurdhawiyah quadrangle was identified by one pan-concentrate sample containing anomalous concentrations of tin and tungsten. Samples near the Bald al Jimalah East ancient lead-zinc-silver mines (MODS 00960) contain strongly anomalous concentrations of tin and lead and to a lesser extent of tungsten and copper. Both of these regions and other regions containing anomalous concentrations of certain elements are recommended for additional studies. A comparison of results obtained from sieved bulk-sediment fractions and pan concentrates indicates that the latter is the better medium for these geochemical investigations.
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Reconnaissance geochemical survey of Al Jurdhawiyah and Wadi al Jarir quadrangles, sheets 25/42 D and 25/42 C, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia
1 map ;51 x 92 cm. +1 booklet (21 p. ill., map ; 28 cm.)