Determination of rare earth elements by neutron activation analysis in altered ultramafic rocks from the Akwatia District of the Birim diamondiferous field, Ghana
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Rare earth element (REE) analysis using instrumental neutron activation (INAA) was carried out on ultramafic rocks from the Akwatia District of the Birim diamondiferous field, Ghana, with the primary objective of investigating their kimberlitic characteristics. The total REE concentrations range from 113 to 1610 ppm and fall within the interval of those reported in the literature for kimberlites. Despite the marked difference in the REE contents, all the analyzed samples show similar REE patterns that resemble those of kimberlites. However, compared to most of the kimberlites, the ultramafic rocks have small negative Eu anomalies and low light-REE/heavy-REE ratios, suggesting that the rocks have been significantly assimilated by crustal rocks.
KeywordsPhysical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Rare Earth Element Primary Objective Activation Analysis
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