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Copper Cliff Mine, McKim Township, Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° 28' 34'' North , 81° 3' 36'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 46.47626,-81.06024
GeoHash:G#: f0q27ktxz
Owned/operated by:Vale SA
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate


A nickel mine located near Sudbury.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.


Mineral List


15 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Altaite
Formula: PbTe
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Argentopentlandite
Formula: Ag(Fe,Ni)8S8
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Copper
Formula: Cu
Reference: Hawley, J.E. & Stanton, R.L. (1962): The Sudbury ores: their mineralogy and origin. Part II. The facts: The ores, their minerals, metals and distribution, Canadian Mineralogist 7, 30-145.; Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
'commodity:Copper'
Formula: Cu
Reference:  
Cubanite
Formula: CuFe2S3
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Hessite
Formula: Ag2Te
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Millerite
Formula: NiS
Reference: Willet Miller (1905) Sessional Papers (Mines Report) By Ontario. Legislative Assembly (11th Session); American Mineralogist (1930) 15: 1-22; Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
'commodity:Nickel'
Formula: Ni
Reference:  
Pentlandite
Formula: (FexNiy)Σ9S8
Reference: Hawley, J.E. & Stanton, R.L. (1962): The Sudbury ores: their mineralogy and origin. Part II. The facts: The ores, their minerals, metals and distribution, Canadian Mineralogist 7, 30-145.; Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Pyrite var: Nickelian Pyrite
Formula: (Fe,Ni)S2
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Tellurobismuthite
Formula: Bi2Te3
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787
Tsumoite
Formula: BiTe
Reference: Ames, D.E., Kjarsgaard, I.M., and Douma, S.L., 2003, Sudbury Ni-Cu-PGE Ore Mineralogy Compilation: Sudbury Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI): Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 1787

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
'Copper'1.AA.05Cu
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
'Altaite'2.CD.10PbTe
'Argentopentlandite'2.BB.15Ag(Fe,Ni)8S8
'Chalcopyrite'2.CB.10aCuFeS2
'Cubanite'2.CB.55aCuFe2S3
'Galena'2.CD.10PbS
'Hessite'2.BA.60Ag2Te
'Millerite'2.CC.20NiS
Pentlandite2.BB.15(FexNiy)Σ9S8
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
var: Nickelian Pyrite2.EB.05a(Fe,Ni)S2
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Tellurobismuthite2.DC.05Bi2Te3
Tsumoite2.DC.05BiTe
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Magnetite'4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Copper1.1.1.3Cu
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Hessite2.4.2.1Ag2Te
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 9:8
Argentopentlandite2.7.1.2Ag(Fe,Ni)8S8
Pentlandite2.7.1.1(FexNiy)Σ9S8
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Altaite2.8.1.3PbTe
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Millerite2.8.16.1NiS
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
Tsumoite2.8.20.1BiTe
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
Cubanite2.9.13.1CuFe2S3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Tellurobismuthite2.11.7.2Bi2Te3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
Pyrite
var: Nickelian Pyrite
-(Fe,Ni)S2

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
SSulfur
S ArgentopentlanditeAg(Fe,Ni)8S8
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S CubaniteCuFe2S3
S GalenaPbS
S MilleriteNiS
S Pyrite (var: Nickelian Pyrite)(Fe,Ni)S2
S Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
S PyriteFeS2
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S SphaleriteZnS
FeIron
Fe ArgentopentlanditeAg(Fe,Ni)8S8
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe CubaniteCuFe2S3
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe Pyrite (var: Nickelian Pyrite)(Fe,Ni)S2
Fe Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
NiNickel
Ni ArgentopentlanditeAg(Fe,Ni)8S8
Ni MilleriteNiS
Ni Pyrite (var: Nickelian Pyrite)(Fe,Ni)S2
Ni Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu CopperCu
Cu CubaniteCuFe2S3
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AgSilver
Ag ArgentopentlanditeAg(Fe,Ni)8S8
Ag HessiteAg2Te
TeTellurium
Te AltaitePbTe
Te HessiteAg2Te
Te TellurobismuthiteBi2Te3
Te TsumoiteBiTe
PbLead
Pb AltaitePbTe
Pb GalenaPbS
BiBismuth
Bi TellurobismuthiteBi2Te3
Bi TsumoiteBiTe

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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Paleoproterozoic
1600 - 2500 Ma



ID: 614680
Huronian Supergroup (2.2 Ga to 2450 Ma); Elliot Lake Group; McKim Formation

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: McKim Formation

Comments: Southern and Superior Province

Lithology: Siltstone, wacke, argillite

Reference: Ontario Geological Survey. 1:250 000 scale bedrock geology of Ontario. ISBN 978-1-4435-5705-4. Miscellaneous Release–Data 126 - Revision 1. [1]

Siderian
2300 - 2500 Ma



ID: 3185030
Paleoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Siderian (2300 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Cobalt Group

Comments: Southern Province

Lithology: Mudstone

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]

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