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, Volume 60, Issue 8, pp 18–22 | Cite as

The mineral base and productive capacities of metals and non-metals of Kosovo

  • M. Rizaj
  • E. Beqiri
  • I. McBow
  • E. Z. O’Brien
  • F. KongoliEmail author
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Abstract

All historical periods of Kosovo—Ilirik, Roman, Medieval, Turkish, and former Yugoslavian—are linked with the intensive development of mining and metallurgy. This activity influenced and still is influencing the overall position of Kosovo as a country. For example, according to a 2006 World Bank report as well as other studies, Kosovo has potential lignite resources (geological reserves) of about 1.5 billion tonnes, which are ranked fifth in the world in importance. Other significant Kosovan mineral resources include lead, zinc, gold, silver, bauxite, and uranium, and rare metals accompanying those minerals, including indium, cadmium, thallium, gallium, and bismuth. These rare metals are of particular importance in developing advanced industrial technologies. Kosovo also has reserves of high-quality non-metals, including magnesite, quartz grit, bentonite, argil, talc, and asbestos. No database exists for these non-metal reserves, and further research and studies are needed.

Keywords

Bentonite Kaolin Lignite Rare Metal Magnesium Carbonate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Rizaj
    • 1
  • E. Beqiri
    • 1
  • I. McBow
    • 2
  • E. Z. O’Brien
    • 2
  • F. Kongoli
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Mining and MetallurgyUniversity of PrishtinaKosovoYugoslavia
  2. 2.Flogen TechnologiesMontrealCanada

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