saprolite


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sap·ro·lite

 (săp′rə-līt′)
n.
Soft, thoroughly decomposed rock rich in clay and remaining in its original place.

saprolite

(ˈsæprəʊlɪt)
n
(Geological Science) a deposit of earth, clay, silt, etc, formed by decomposition of rocks that has remained in its original site
ˌsaproˈlitic adj

saprolite

A deposit of decomposed rock, clay, or silt that has remained in its original place.
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Noun1.saprolite - a deposit of clay and disintegrating rock that is found in its original place
earth, ground - the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; "they dug into the earth outside the church"
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Of the total volume of ore the miner shipped, 9 million WMT was saprolite ore and 8.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Nickel Asia said its shift to higher-value saprolite ore 'resulted in a significant improvement in earnings.
0m in saprolite in trench MEM17-002 located 110m to the northwest of the MEM showing.
This led to the recent granting of a third party exploration work program to delineate the under-explored saprolite layers.
Drilling at Sona Hill follows the discovery of anomalous gold values distributed in saprolite discovered during the 2011-2012 regional geochemical survey of the upper Puruni Concession, and is designed to further delineate gold mineralisation encountered in saprolite and fresh rock drill intercepts during the initial reverse circulation and diamond drill programs.
The main thing that surprised me on the way was the appearance of a large amount of quartz in a saprolite taken from a 1-meter depth," Selck said.
Recent test work has further optimized the organic acid leaching process, which has achieved nickel extraction of up to 98% from the saprolite material after less than 30 minutes.
The programme includes 10 to 15 holes to depths of between 150 to 300 metres to test the saprolite and bedrock zones present in two areas of the Marudi Mountain property.
09% nickel and 49% iron; and high-grade saprolite intersections with 1.
The intact lateritic profile was mostly formed by weathering of granitoids and other rock types and these profiles commonly consist of sand and pisolitic gravels over lateritic duricrust (cemented ferruginous material), mottled and pallid zones (quartz and clay rich materials), saprolite and saprock (isovolumetrically weathered materials with retention of parent rock fabric), and rock (Anand and Paine 2002).
ANTAM will continue to focus activities at Halmahera and Sulawesi, to further delineate ANTAM's holdings of low-grade nickel ore (limonite), high-grade nickel ore (saprolite) and Low Grade Saprolite Ore (LGSO).
In addition, changes in Ca, Ba, Rb, Zn, Pb, Co, and other elements in the oldest saprolite indicate element mobility during weathering.