Carbonaceous schists of the Main Central Thrust zone as a source of graphite: a case study from the Kali Gandaki valley, west Nepal

Lalu Prasad Paudel
2011 Bulletin of the Department of Geology  
Petrological study and X-ray diffraction analysis were carried out to identify the content and quality of graphitic material in the carbonaceous schist from the Main Central Thrust zone in the Kali Gandaki valley, west Nepal. The study shows that the carbonaceous schists contain more than 15-30% graphite. They contain both amorphous and flake graphite with variable grain size. As graphite is being mined commercially in rocks containing even <5% graphite worldwide, carbonaceous rocks of the Main
more » ... s rocks of the Main Central Thrust zone can be a potential sources of commercial graphite in Nepal.
doi:10.3126/bdg.v14i0.5431 fatcat:vmk4fgd64zh27me3q3f2linsji