Reconnaissance geochemical exploration of the plutons of quartz monzonite and granite in the Jabal Lababa and Ar Rayth areas, southern Asir, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Open-File Report 85-8
- W.C. Overstreet, A.B. Assegaff, Mohammed Jambi, M.A. Hussain, G.I. Selner, and J.J. Matzko
Geochemical reconnaissance for rare metals in plutons of albite-muscovite granite and quartz monzonite in the vicinity of Jabal Lababa disclosed positive geochemical anomalies for beryllium, tantalum, thorium, lanthanum, niobium, tin, yttrium, and zirconium. The low anomalous values for the rare metals in rocks and the short mechanical dispersion trains, seldom exceeding 4 km in length, of rare-metal-bearing heavy minerals, are interpreted to indicate that primary deposits of these metals are lacking, and any placers would be small and low in tenor.
Small positive anomalies for barium were detected at scattered localities in the metasediments adjacent to the plutons in the Jabal Lababa area. Positive anomalies for the precious metals are lacking, and the low values observed for base metals do not indicate the presence of sulfide deposits. The abundant quartz lag gravel in the eastern part of the area is unmineralized. Small books of muscovite are present in some pegmatite, but is of non-commercial volume and quality.
A subcircular structure at the coast of the Red Sea near the mouth of Wadi Nahb should be tested to determine if it is a buried salt dome.
Three nonmagnetic high-density concentrates containing 1,000 to 15,000 ppm lead were found on the granitic pluton near Ar Rayth. The source of the lead is not galena, and high values for lead appear to be characteristic of the pluton but do not indicate an ore deposit.
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- Report: vi, 130 p. :ill.; maps: 28 cm.
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