Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Origin of Uranium and Thorium Mineralization
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Interests: mineralogy; geochemistry; petrology
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Uranium and thorium are naturally occurring, slightly radioactive elements that are widely distributed in nature, especially in different rock types, including granitic rocks, sandstones, conglomerates, and different shales. In general, uranium and thorium occur in relatively small numbers of economically interesting minerals, including uraninite, coffinite, carnotite, monazite, and bastnaesite. The main uranium mineralization of economic interest is represented by unconformity-related mineralization, shear-zone, vein hydrothermal deposits, and sedimentary ore deposits evolved in sandstones, quartz-pebble conglomerates, and black shales. The thorium mineralization is represented predominantly by monazite-enriched placer deposits. Although extensive studies have been carried in these uranium and thorium deposits, several important mechanisms of origin and evolution of these deposits remain unelucidated, including those underlying the detailed ore-forming processes, the enrichment of uranium and thorium in different geological processes, and their genetic relationship. To better understand the origin of uranium and thorium ore deposits, this Special Issue could present new advances in mineralogy, geochemistry, and the origin of uranium thorium deposits, their ore prospecting methods, and the use of new analytical methods and or different experimental studies. The aim of this Special Issue is the presentation of new mineralogical and geochemical studies that could provide a comprehensive understanding of the origin and evolution of different uranium and thorium ore deposits.
Dr. Miloš René
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