Application of fractal models to outline mineralized zones in the Zaghia iron ore deposit, Central Iran

Sadeghi, Behnam, Moarefvand, Parviz, Afzal, Peyman, Yasrebi, Amir Bijan, and Daneshvar, Lili Saein (2012) Application of fractal models to outline mineralized zones in the Zaghia iron ore deposit, Central Iran. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 122. pp. 9-19.

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Abstract

Recognition of different mineralized zones in an ore deposit is important for mine planning. This study aims to separate the different mineralized zones and the wall rock in the Zaghia iron ore deposit situated in central Iran using the number–size (N–S) and concentration–volume (C–V) fractal methods. The N–S model reveals three geochemical zones defined by Fe thresholds of 24% and 40%, with zones < 24% Fe representing weakly mineralized zones and wall rocks. The C–V model reveals four geochemical zones defined by Fe thresholds of 18%, 30% and 35%, with zones < 18% Fe representing non-mineralized wall rocks. Both the N–S and C–V models indicate that high grade mineralization is situated in the northern part of the ore deposit. The results of validation of the fractal models with the geological model show that the N–S fractal model of highly mineralized zones is better than the C–V fractal model of highly mineralized zones. However, results obtained by means of the C–V fractal model for weakly and moderately mineralized zones are more accurate than the zones obtained by means of the N–S fractal model.

Item ID: 44081
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0375-6742
Keywords: number–size (N–S); concentration–volume (C–V); fractal models; iron ore; Zaghia; Iran
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 05:00
FoR Codes: 01 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics > 010301 Numerical Analysis @ 50%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0402 Geochemistry > 040201 Exploration Geochemistry @ 25%
09 ENGINEERING > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091405 Mining Engineering @ 25%
SEO Codes: 84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840104 Iron Ore Exploration @ 100%
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