CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF THE KIZILDAGˇ OLIVINES. A GIANT OLIVINE DEPOSIT, ANTALYA, SW TURKEY

Veysel Zedef, Adnan Doyen, Mehmet Salim Oncel, Ali Riza Sogut, Tulin Koseleli, Kerim Kocak

Abstract


The Kizilda olivine deposit is found within the Kizilda ultramafics. The main source of the olivine are the dunites, which are located in the ultramafics. The chemical and mineralogical composition and the physical properties of the studied samples are relatively uniform. The main component of the dunites is forsteritic olivine (Mg2SiO4), which consists of 48.75% MgO, 42.31% silica and 7.21% Fe2O3. The average expansion rate and ignition loss is 1.18% and 0.96% respectively. These percentages satisfy the requirements of the iron and steel industry, as well as meeting acceptable refractory standards. The reserve of the Kizilda olivine deposits is estimated to be 9 billion (9,000,000,000) tons, which is comparable to the largest known olivine deposits of Aheim (Norway). The olivine of Kizilda can be exported to international markets, for the port of Antalya is situated 120 km from the deposits. The main disadvantage is the failure of the domestic market to recognize the olivine as a valuable resource.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4454/ofioliti.v29i2.216