- The study focused on the characterization of
iron shale deposits from ikperejere area using
Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission
Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), Scanning Electron Microscope
(SEM) with Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) and
X-Ray Diffraction Studies (XRD). Studies using (ICPOES), shows the mineralogical and micro-structural
analysis which allows the mineral phase identification,
nature of iron containing minerals, and gangue minerals.
Studies using SEM-EDS shows the micro-morphological
and mineralogical compositions of the individual
elements present in the sample. Studies using (XRD)
shows the individual patterns of mineral phases
contained in the ore.
The characterization carried out on the shale using
ICP-OES, SEM-EDS and XRD reveals a large content of
Hematite, which when exploited can be very useful in the
production of iron.