A natural laboratory for critical metals investigations in the Mourne Mountains granites

Kathryn Moore, Norman Moles, Paul Lusty

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Abstract

Certain metals that are vital for many modern technologies occur naturally in the MourneMountains Complex of County Down, Northern Ireland. These include niobium, tantalumand the rare earth elements. Using the Tellus geochemistry data and the results ofmore detailed sampling, we have investigated their geological sources in granite bedrockand their dispersion in stream sediments. From this research, an exploration methodologyhas emerged that can assist in the search for critical metals globally. Planned follow-onstudies include investigations of the environmental fate of these metals and the potentiallytoxic elements with which they are naturally associated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland
EditorsM.E. Young
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
PublisherRoyal Irish Academy
Pages119-128
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781908996879
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • critical metals
  • rare earth elements
  • granite-associated mineralisation
  • mineral exploration
  • Tellus survey
  • Mourne Mountains
  • Northern Ireland

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