Scanning Microscopy


The textural and structural characteristics of chrome ores mined in Albania have been examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. Elemental mapping and microanalysis of Cr, Fe and Al (to identify the chromite phase) and of Mg and Si (to identify the olivine) have been carried out. A study has been made of the kind of micro-inclusions found in the ore, in order to evaluate the products of the beneficiation processes.

Textural complexity of the ore explains the difficulties involved in obtaining good recoveries and high-quality concentrates.

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