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Kristineberg Mine, Malå, Lappland, Sweden

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The deposit is situated in a wide zone of sericitized and chloritized supracrustals, originally quartz and feldspar rich acid volcanics. The ore zone strikes E-W and the dip varies between 45° and 70° S. The plunge is approximately 45° SW. The hostrock surrounding the are is strongly schistose sericite-quartzite with varying chlorite content. The are zone consists of talc-chlorite schist, usually best developed in the hanging wall.
There are two major are lenses. A and A3. Both are mixed sulphides with contents of gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead and sulphur. In terms of value- zinc is the most important are.

Kristineberg is among the first ores found in the so called Skellefte-district, and also the first one to be confirmed through electrical ore prospecting (geophysics) in 1918. 1930-34 further investigations and 35 the shaft is sunk to 90 m level, decision to start mining -37 and the first ore leaves for Boliden in 1940. Kristineberg was the starting point of the ropeway passing thrugh the district, passing Rakkejaur to Boliden. Today among deepest mines in Sweden with mining at +1100 meters.

Ref.: Rocks & Minerals (1939): 14: 141.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 1011.

Du Rietz; Kribergit, ett nytt mineral från Kristinebergs gruva i Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar, "GFF" 67, 78-79 (1945).

Du Rietz; Geology and ores of the Kristineberg deposit.SGU ser C no 524 (1953).

Mineralogical Magazine (1989): 53: 385.

Mineral List

Actinolite
Andalusite
Anhydrite
Antigorite
'Apatite'
Chalcocite
Chalcopyrite
'Chlorite Group'
Clinochlore
var: Pennine

var: Ripidolite
Copper
Epidote
Fluorite
Galena
Gold
Gypsum
'Hornblende'
Kribergite (TL)
Kyanite
Magnetite
Molybdenite
Muscovite
var: Sericite

Pyrite
Rutile
Scheelite
Sphalerite
Talc
Tennantite
'Tourmaline'
Zircon


30 entries listed. 23 valid minerals. 1 type locality (valid mineral).

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