PROSPECÇÃO MAGNETOMETRICA DE DEPOSITOS OXIDO-SILlCATICOS'-DE MANGANES COM JACOBSITA, NO CEARA
PROSPECÇÃO MAGNETOMETRICA DE DEPOSITOS OXIDO-SILlCATICOS '-DE
MANGANES COM JACOBSITA, NO CEARA
EVARISTO RIBEIRO FILHO
Departamento de Geologia Econômica e Geofísica Aplicada - IG-USP
JOSÉ MA RCIO LINS MARINHO
Universidade Federal do Ceará
Jacobsita occurs in metamorphic oxide-silicatic manganese protore in Itacirna, in the manganese district of Pacatuba, Ceará, Brazil. Precambriam gneisses and schists are the host rocks of the lenses of the manganese protore which was weathered at the surface, forming small ore deposits. All the Precambrian roeles in this area belong to the Maranguabe Metamorphic Complex and are located in the
J aguaribeana folding belt. The assemblage of primary manganese minerals in the protore consists of rhodonite, spessartite, tephroite, jacobsite and hausmannite. Manganese silicates and hausmannite were altered to aMn0 2 , but the jacobsite shows only incipient alteration.
In spite of the presence of two micas in the gneissic country rock, the metamorphism is believed to be of high grade, as evidenced by the assemblage of manganese metamorphic minerals. Probably the regional metamorphic rocks underwent two different phases of metamorphism.
The manganese content of the manganiferous rocks varies from 10.0 to 38.0%.
The magnetometric anomalles were very useful in establishing the form and dimensions of both the manganese ore and protore. The