Wolfronite Ore

Wolfronite Ore

Wolfronite is an Iron Manganese Tungstate mineral and one of the most important Tungsten Ore mineral. It is often associated with Cassiterite, Galena and Quartz. It has a Mohr hardness of 4-4.5 and its color ranges from dark red to dark brown to black. Wolfronite occurs in Quartz veins and Pegmatites associated with Granitic intrusions and igneous activity. In Nigeria it is found in Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi and Niger states.

It is used in the production of electric filaments and electrical contact point for automobile distributors. Its compounds are also used in the production of chemicals and paints. Wolfronite is mined through underground mining methods and on rare occasions through open-pit methods.

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