Mineral Resources and Gemstones in Nigeria

Major Mineral Resources in Nigeria and their Location found gemstones in Nigeria
Mineral resources are materials of economic interest found in or on the earth’s crust in such quality, quantity and form that can be considered for economic extraction. In Nigeria, mineral resources play a great role in the economic sector. In fact, the Nigerian economy is skewed toward the exploration of minerals. Nigeria is a blessed country with many natural resources, mineral resources and even solid resources.
According to the database of mindat.org, Nigeria has 139 valid minerals.

Mineral and Natural Resources in Nigeria and the States they can be found:
Mineral Resources and Gemstones in Nigeria
ABUJA
Marble, Clay, Tantalite, Cassiterite, Gold (partially investigated),
Lead /Zinc (Traces), Dolomite.
ABIA STATE
Gold, Salt, Limestone, Lead/Zinc, Crude Oil.
ADAMAWA STATE
Kaolin, Bentonite, Gypsum, Magnesite.
AKWA IBOM STATE
Lead / Zinc, Clay, Limestone, Uranium (Traced), Salt, Lignite (Traced).
ANAMBRA STATE
Lead/Zinc, Clay, Limestone, Iron-Ore, Lignite (Partially investigated),
Salt, Glass-Sand, Phosphate, Gypsum, Crude Oil.
BAYELSA STATE
Clay, Limestone, Gypsum (partially investigated),
Uranium (partially investigated), Manganese, Lignite, Lead/Zinc (Traces).
BAUCHI STATE
Amethyst (violet), Gypsum, Lead/Zinc (Traces),
Uranium (partially investigated).
BENUE STATE
Lead/Zinc, Limestone, Iron-Ore, Coal, Clay, Marble, Salt,
Barytes (traces), Gemstones, Gypsum.
BORNO STATE
Diatomite, Clay, Limestone,
Hydro-carbon (oil and gas) Partially investigated) cool,
Gypsum, Kaolin, Bentonite.
CROSS RIVER STATE
Limestone, Uranium, Manganese, Lignite, Lead/Zinc,
Salt, Crude Oil.
DELTA STATE
Marble, Glass Sand, Gypsum, Lignite, Iron-Ore, Kaolin.
EBONYI STATE
Lead, Gold shocked, Salt.
EDO STATE
Marble, Lignite, Clay, Limestone, Iron Ore,Gypsum, Glass-sand,
Gold, Dolomite Phosphate, Bitumen, Crude Oil.
EKITI STATE
Kaolin, Feldspar, Tatium, Granite, Syenite.
ENUGU STATE
Coal, Limestone, Lead/Zinc.
GOMBE STATE
Gemstone, Gypsum.
IMO STATE
Lead/Zinc, Limestone, Lignite, Phosphate, Marcasite,
Gypsum, Salt, Crude Oil.
JIGAWAA STATE
Butytes
KADUNA STATE
Sapphire, Kaoline, Gold, Clay, Serpentinite, Asbestos, Amethyst,
Kyanite, Graphite (partially investigated), Selenite, Mica (Traces),
Aquamarine, Ruby, Rock Crystal, Topaz, Flopper, Tourmaline,
Gemstone, Tentalime.
KANO STATE
Prrochinre, Cassiterite, Copper, Glass-sand, Gemstone,
Lead/Zinc, Tantalite.
KATSINA STATE
Kaolin, Marble, Salt.
KEBBI STATE
Gold
KOGI STATE
Iron-Ore, Kaolin, Gypsum, Feldspar, Goal, Marble,
Dolomite, Talc, Tantalite.
KWARA STATE
Gold, Marble, Iron-Ore, Cassiterite, Columbite,
Tantalite, Feldspar (Traces), Mica (Traces).
LAGOS STATE
Glass-sand, Clay, Bitumen, Crude Oil.
NASARAWA STATE
Beryl (Emerald), Aquamarine and Heliodor, Dolomite/Marble, Sapphire, Tourmaline,
Quartz- Amethyst (Topaz, gamet), Zircon, Tantalite, Cassiterite, Columbite,
Lamanite, Galena, Iron-Ore, Barytes, Feldspar, Limestone, Mica,
Cooking coal, Talc, Cay, Salt, Chalcopyrite.
OGUN STATE
Phosphate, Clay, Feldspar (traces), Kaolin, Limestone,
Gemstone, Bitumen.
ONDO STATE
Bitumen, Kaolin, Gemstone, Gypsum, Feldspar, Granite, Clay,
Glass-sand, Dimension stones, Limestone, Coal, Crude Oil.
OSUN STATE
Gold, Talc, Tourmaline, Columbite, Granite.
OYO STATE
Kaoline, Marble, Clay, Sillimanite, Talc, Gold, Cassiterite,
Aqua Marine, Dolomite, Gemstone, Tantalite.
PLATEAU STATE
Emerald, Tin, Marble, Granite, Tantalite/columbite, Lead/Zinc, Barytes,
Iron-Ore, Kaolin, Belonite, Cassiterite, Pyrochlore, Clay, Coal, Wolfram,
Salt, Bismuth, Fluoride, Molybdenite, Gemstone, Bauxite.
RIVER STATE
Glass-sand, Clay, Marble, Lignite (traces), Crude Oil.
SOKOTO STATE
Kaolin, Gold, Limestone, Phosphate, Gypsum, Silica-sand, Clay,
Laterite, Potash, Flakes, Granite, Salt.
TARABA STATE
Kaolin, Lead/Zinc.
YOBE STATE
Diamond, Tintomite, Soda Ash (partially Investigated)
ZAMFARA STATE
Goal, Gold.

GEMSTONES
Mineral Resources and Gemstones in Nigeria
Workers sort through rough gemstones in Industrial Building.
Gemstones are one of the important mineral resources in Nigeria found and exploited heavily in Plateau, Kaduna and Bauchi. sapphire, ruby, aquamarine, emerald, tourmaline, topaz, garnet, amethyst, zircon, are some of the Gemstones in these areas and are regarded as part of the best in the world.

UnTapped Mineral Resources in Nigeria
GOLD
Gold is one of the mineral resources in Nigeria that is exploited on a small scale. The exploration of gold is not very dominant and can be found only in States like Sokoto, Zamfara, Oyo, Osun, Niger, Kwara, Kebbi, Kaduna, Edo, Ebonyi, Bauchi and Abuja.

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