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Zod Mine (Sotk deposit), Vardenis, Gelark'unik' Province (Geghark'unik'), Armenia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 40° 12' North , 45° 51' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 40.20000,45.85000
GeoHash:G#: tp0seq4vy
Other regions containing this locality:Soviet Union (1922-1991)
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Sotk

Gold mine located 11 km from the town of Zod, 14 km E of Vardenis.

Alluvial gold was mined here already in prehistoric times.

Mineral List

26 valid minerals. 4 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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23.03 - 66 Ma

ID: 3184664
Cenozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks

Age: Paleogene (23.03 - 66 Ma)

Lithology: Felsic volcanic rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Eocene - Paleocene
33.9 - 66 Ma

ID: 3133493
Palaeocene undifferentiated

Age: Paleogene (33.9 - 66 Ma)

Lithology: Andesite

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

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Konstantinov, M. M., & Grushin, V. A. (1970). Geologic position of the Zod-Agduzdag gold-ore node in Transcaucasia. International Geology Review, 12(12), 1447-1453.
Zav'yalov, Y. N., & Begizov, V. D. (1977). Rucklidgeite,(Bi, Pb) 3Te4, a new mineral from the Zod and Kochkar gold-ore deposits. International Geology Review, 19(12), 1451-1456.
Danilo Wolf {Bearb.} (2010) Geoarchäologische Erkundung des prähistorischen Goldabbaus in Sotk und Fioletovo, Armenien (gefördert durch das Land Sachsen-Anhalt)

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