West Africa, with an approximate 10,000-metric ton (t) gold endowment, is one of the world’s great gold provinces and the largest Paleoproterozoic gold-producing region. The gold resources are concentrated within the 2250 to 2000 Ma greenstone belts of the Man-Leo shield, forming the southern part of the West African craton. The gold endowment of the Eburnean gold deposits, mainly orogenic type, equals that of the world’s other great Precambrian lode gold provinces. However, the exploration and mining is much less mature in West Africa than it is in other great Precambrian gold provinces, with much of the development throughout the...

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