Petrography and Geochemical Features of the Coastal Plain Sands Facies (Benin Formation) Around Nekede and Azara Egbelu Areas, Niger Delta Basin Southeast Nigeria
International Journal of Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2017, Pages: 87-91
Received: Jun. 29, 2017;
Accepted: Jul. 27, 2017;
Published: Nov. 5, 2017
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Julius Bajabu Kwache, Department of Regional Geology, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Adamawa State Office, Yola, Nigeria
Izu Mike Akaegbobi, Department of Geology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Razak Gboyega Olademeji, Department of Regional Geology, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria
Justin Anumnu, Department of Regional Geology, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Enugu, Nigeria
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The Coastal Plain Sands Facies (Benin Formation) of the Niger Delta Basin consists of 99.8% thick accumulation of massive, loose, friable sandstone and 0.2% mud rock. It also consists of pebble imbrications and conglomeratic horizons. Petrographic studies revealed quartz as the dominant mineral (97%) which places the sandstone as quartz arenite. Other minerals include feldspar, limonite, zircon, opaque and minor clay matrix consisting 3%. Geochemical results shows high concentration of Silica (SiO2) and Aluminum (Al2O3) in the sandstone which makes it mineralogical matured. Heavy minerals include Hematite (Fe2O3) and Zircon (Zr) while rare earth elements include La, Ce, Nd, Gd and Tb. Trace elements are Cu, Pb, Zn, Ag, Sr, V and Nb which has pronounced enrichment in clay than the sandstones. The color variation of white, yellow and pink are indicative of fully aerated environment and has no effect on the geochemistry of the sandstones.
Nekede, Azara Egbelu, Benin, Sandstone, Mud Rock, Arenite, Aerated
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Julius Bajabu Kwache,
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Razak Gboyega Olademeji,
Petrography and Geochemical Features of the Coastal Plain Sands Facies (Benin Formation) Around Nekede and Azara Egbelu Areas, Niger Delta Basin Southeast Nigeria, International Journal of Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy.
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