Application of magnetic survey in the investigation of iron ore deposits and shear zone delineation: case study of Mutomo-Ikutha area, SE Kenya

Citation:
Nyamai CM, MATHU ELIUDM, Ichang’i DW, WASWA AARONK. "Application of magnetic survey in the investigation of iron ore deposits and shear zone delineation: case study of Mutomo-Ikutha area, SE Kenya." International Journal of Geosciences,. 2015;6(7).

Abstract:

The main objective of this research was to use ground magnetic survey to delineate shear zone and iron ore deposit within the Neoproterozoic rocks of Mutomo-Ikutha area of south eastern Kenya. Total field magnetic data was recorded by using high resolution proton precision geometric magnetometer which recorded total components of the ground magnetic anomaly data running through sixteen traverses. The field data was qualitatively and quantitatively interpreted and the results gave values for the total component measurements of ground magnetic anomaly that varied between a minimum negative peak value of about 250 nanoTesla and a maximum of about 1000 nanoTesla. 550 nanoTesla was considered to be threshold of the iron mineralization within the area. The results indicated that the western part of Mutomo-Ikutha was sheared, faulted and contained iron ore mineralization trending in the north-south direction. Areas with high anomalous values were geochemically proven to contain magnetite.

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