Instrumental neutron activation and spectroscopic elemental analysis of iron-rich ore from Gara Djebillet region in Algeria

N. Sabba, N. Sahraoui, I. Ammour, A. Hadri, C. Aziez, B. Saim, B. Guedioura


Abstract: This study was aimed at determining the concentrations of all chemical elements in iron-rich ore from the Gara Djebillet region in Algeria using instrumental neutron activation and spectroscopic analysis. Samples from four sites in the region were analyzed by spectroscopic methods such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and scanning microscopy (SM). In addition, instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) allowed for a complete quantitative characterization of the ore. Results showed that there were forty-two elements found in trace and ultra-trace amounts and which were equally exploitable. The iron-rich deposits of the region are of great economic value to the country. 

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