The Kieshöhe carbonatites in SW-Namibia – the role of silicatic xenoliths for REE exploration

Benjamin Florian Walter , R. Johannes Giebel , Alan Marlow , Michael Marks , Gregor Markl & Jochen Kolb
Exploration of carbonatite-associated REE-deposits is challenging due to heterogeneous ore distribution and variable and often complex ore mineralogy. The Kieshöhe carbonatite in SW Namibia represents a subvolcanic occurrence hosting dolomite, calcite and ankerite carbonatite dykes, ring dykes and diatremes. Petrography, whole rock geochemistry and microXRF imaging provide insights into the role of silicate xenoliths for the REE mineralization in a subvolcanic environment. Xenolith-rich carbonatites are relatively REE-poor with only minor monazite mineralization, whereas xenolith-free carbonatites...
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