The Paya Barites deposit typifies the numerous small (hidden) and uninvestigated barites mineralization that abound within the Benue Trough, Nigeria. Geological field studies and geochemical analysis of soils around the mineralized ridge was carried in order understand the general structural trend as well as assessing the trace elements distribution. Results of field geological investigations indicate Barites mineralization in vein systems, occurring as infillings in joints and fractures within an East – West trending ridge. Trace element geochemistry of soils overlying these veins revealed relative high values of Pb, Mn, Cu and Sr around the zone of mineralization. However, average Ba content of soils overlying the barites veins is similar in content to the regional background values indicating that the soils overlying the mineralized veins are not enriched in barium (Ba). Results obtained from this study have implications for pedogeochemical studies of blind barites deposits
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