Deposit No. 1182

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Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: Charkiet deposit; Charkia deposit; Sharquieh Mine [1]; Alsharqia mines (A, B) [2]; Al-Sharkia [3]; Al-Sharquieh deposit [4]
Location: 45km southwest of Palmyra [5]
Subordinate To: Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Syria [6]
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Operational

Deposit No.1182 is a series of phosphate deposits, the most productive of which are the Alsharqia A and B mines, with a reserve of 185,000 tons. [7]

Syria uses phosphate rock mined from the Charkiet deposit to produce phosphoric acid at the Homs fertilizer plant. However, the Charkiet phosphate rock also contains approximately 60 to 100 parts per million of uranium. [8] At its micro-pilot Uranium Recovery Plant, Syria is attempting to separate the uranium from the phosphoric acid. [9]

[1] Robert F. Mahfoud, and James N. Beck, "Natural Radioactivity in the Syrian Phosphate at Khneifess and Sharquieh Mines," Uranium, December 1985, p. 181.
[2] General Company for Phosphate and Mines, "Producing in Mines,"
[3] "Nonav - Syria - Industrials and Pharmaceuticals Report," The Bi-Me eNewsletter, 21 December 2004,
[4] I. Othman, and M.S. Al-Masri, "Impact of phosphate industry on the environment: A case study," Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 65, 2007, pp. 131-141.
[5] Carlotta B. Chernoff and G.J. Orris, "Data Set of World Phosphate Mines, Deposits, and Occurrences - Part A.: Geological Data," U.S. Geological Survey, 2002.
[6] General Company for Phosphate and Mines,; "Nonav - Syria - Industrials and Pharmaceuticals Report," The Bi-Me eNewsletter, 21 December 2004,
[7] S. Omara, "Phosphatic Deposits in Syria and Safaga District, Egypt," Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists, March 1965, p. 215.
[8] Jamal Asfahani, "Phosphate Prospecting Using Natural Gamma Ray Well Logging in the Khneifiss Mine, Syria," Exploration and Mining Geology 11, Nos. 1-4, 2002, p. 61.
[9] Y. Koudsi, S. Khorfan, H. Shleweit, A. Dahdouh, and M. Sweid, "Effect of Oxidation-Reduction on the Extraction of Uranium from Wet Phosphoric Acid by DEHPA/TOPO," Aalam Al-Zarra, Mar-Apr 1998, pp. 59-62; S. Khorfan, Y. Koudsi, A. Dahdouh, and H. Shleweit, "Preliminary investigation on the extraction of uranium from Syrian phosphoric acid," International Conference on Uranium Extraction, Chinese Nuclear Society, 1996.

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