Geophysical, Geochemical and Structural Features of Chromite Ore in Kuradawe Village/ Mawat Ophiolite Complex, Kurdistan Region, NE Iraq.

Tola A. Mirza, Taher H. Ameen, Salim H. Sulaiman Al-Hakari
Department of Geology, School of Science, Faculty of Science and Science Education, University of Sulaimani/ Kurdistan Region/


Small lensoidal bodies of massive and disseminated chromitites have been examined in
association with ultramafic rocks of the Mawat Ophiolite Complex (MOC), Iraqi Zagros
Thrust Zone, Northeastern Iraq. The Chromites ore have variable thickness enveloped by
dunite and of, exhibiting transitional boundaries to harzburgitic host rocks.
The primary Chromite composition exhibits high Cr varieties; the average Cr# of
Chromite is 0.714, with < 0.3 % TiO2 content, which may reflect the crystallization of
Chromite from boninitic magma. The result of the gravity survey leads to lateral
delineation of the ore body and estimates an area of about 2800 m2
The thicknesses of 
different Chromite pods were estimated to be in the range of 10 – 35 m.
 Structural feature 
show that such ore bodies have internal structure making angle of 10–12 
degrees with 
dunite wall and surrounding peridotite which indicates that Chromite ore 

Key Words:
Bouguer gravity


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