Characterization and identification of Au pathfinder minerals from an artisanal mine site using X-ray diffraction

@article{Nzulu2021CharacterizationAI,
  title={Characterization and identification of Au pathfinder minerals from an artisanal mine site using X-ray diffraction},
  author={Gabriel K. Nzulu and Per Eklund and Martin Magnuson},
  journal={Journal of Materials Science},
  year={2021},
  volume={56},
  pages={7659 - 7669}
}
Gold-associated pathfinder minerals have been investigated by identifying host minerals of Au for samples collected from an artisanal mining site near a potential gold mine (Kubi Gold Project) in Dunkwa-On-Offin in the central region of Ghana. We find that for each composition of Au powder (impure) and the residual black hematite/magnetite sand that remains after gold panning, there is a unique set of associated diverse indicator minerals. These indicator minerals are identified as SiO2 (quartz… 
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