The metallic resource potential of the Wadi Habawnah and Najran quadrangles in the southern Precambrian Arabian Shield has been determined primarily by reconnaissance rock geochemistry, limited wadi-sediment and colluvium geochemistry, and gossanous and ferruginous outcrop geochemistry. These surveys were guided by geological information acquired during previous reconnaissance mapping.
Locally anomalous areas in alkalic and calc-alkalic granitic terrane are possible sources of niobium-zirconiumthorium-fluorite, tin-tungsten, and copper-molybdenum, although the potential of these areas does not appear to be outstanding. The reconnaissance geochemistry of the layered volcanic terrane and the geochemistry of gossanous and ferruginous outcrops indicate that the potential for stratiform base metal sulfide deposits is low.
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The mineral resource potential of the Wadi Habawnah and Najran quadrangles, sheets 17/44A and 17/44C, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia