Signature of potassium enrichment in granite of the Chitrial area, Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh: Inferences using its U, Th, K2O, Na2O, Rb, Ba and Sr contents

  • H. S. Rajaraman
  • G. Nagendra Babu
  • S. J. Chavan
  • K. K. Achar
  • P. V. Ramesh Babu
Research Article

Abstract

A medium tonnage unconformity proximal uranium deposit has been established at Chitrial by the Atomic Minerals Directorate in the Srisailam sub-basin. In this type of deposits, the association of uranium with potassic alteration (illitization) is well-documented. The present study is directed towards understanding such an association in the Chitrial area for which the uranium mineralized borehole core samples were collected and analyzed. It is observed that the average concentrations of K2O, Na2O, Rb, Ba and Sr in the granite of the Chitrial area are 5.35%, 1.78%, 252 ppm, 564 ppm and 52 ppm, respectively, and they show average critical elemental ratios of K/Rb, Ba/Rb and Rb/Sr as 191, 2.37 and 7.13, respectively. The granites show low K/Rb, low Rb/Ba and high Rb/Sr ratios compared to that of the average crust indicating its derivation from crustal source. The samples have higher values of uranium (av. 53 ppm), thorium (av. 66 ppm) and lead (av. 41 ppm). The U/Th ratio in the granite varies from 0.07 to 20.86 with an average of 1.68. They also exhibit high K2O/Na2O ratio typical of post-Archaean granite and very high values suggest the possibility of later potassium enrichment.

Keywords

K/Rb Ba/Rb Rb/Sr ratios Potassium enrichment Chitrial granite Andhra Pradesh 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. S. Rajaraman
    • 1
  • G. Nagendra Babu
    • 1
  • S. J. Chavan
    • 1
  • K. K. Achar
    • 1
  • P. V. Ramesh Babu
    • 1
  1. 1.Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and ResearchDepartment of Atomic EnergyHyderabadIndia

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