Kaduna State, Nigeria

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Kaduna State is a state in northern Nigeria. The state capital is its namesake, the city of Kaduna, the 8th largest city in the country as of 2006. Created in 1967 as North-Central State, which also encompassed the modern Katsina State, Kaduna State achieved its current borders in 1987. The fourth-largest and third most populous state in the country, Kaduna State is nicknamed the Centre of Learning, owing to the presence of numerous educational institutions of note within the state such as Ahmadu Bello University.

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The mineral endowment embedded within the geology of Southern Kaduna is quite enormous. First, metallic minerals are widespread in the region. Some of the metallic minerals found include; Cassiterite (ore of tin) Iron ore, rutile, tantalite, Columbite. They are found in areas located along the plateau geological axis of the Younger granite. This include Angwan Ayuba, Kagoro, Kudaru e.t.c.

Another group of minerals found within this region is the non – metallic minerals. Examples of such minerals are Talc, Muscovite, clay, e.t.c.

Talc occurs in the Zonkwa region; Muscovite in Chikun local government area; Clay in Maraban Rido. Other rock minerals found in Southern Kaduna are the precious/semi-precious stones popularly known as “Gemstones”. They are useful especially when polished and can be used in the making of jewellery and also Ornamentals. Topaz, Emerald, Tourmaline Garnet Amethyst are good examples of such minerals found in this region.

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