|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||67° 54' 50'' North , 25° 23' 59'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||67.91389,25.40000|
|Owned/operated by:||Agnico Eagle Mines Limited|
|Köppen climate type:||Dfc : Subarctic climate|
Very large, palaeoproterozoic orogenic gold deposit. Epigenetic, "mesothermal" mineralisation with a distinct structural control. The ore is hosted by albitised, mafic to intermediate, volcanic rock. It comprises a number of subvertical ore bodies.
71% of the gold is contained in the lattice of and as tiny inclusions in arsenopyrite and 22% in pyrite, in both thin veins and altered host rock. Arsenopyrite and pyrite are the main ore minerals.
Visible gold was first detected in 1986 in an outcrop 4 km SSW of Suurikuusikko during regional gold exploration. A highly productive gold mine was started in 2007. The ore was mined both in an open-pit operation (2007-2012) and underground (since 2007). The operation has a life expectancy of 23 years (2009 – 2032).
Owned by Agnico-Eagle Mining Ltd.
Located 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Kittilä.
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
31 valid minerals.
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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1600 - 2500 Ma
|Igneous: extrusive; Extrusive: mafic|
Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)
Description: Northern Europe, Svecofennian and Lapland-Kola orogens
Comments: Orogen, fold-thrust belt, folded region; Koistinen et al., 2001; Sigmond, 2002; Solli, unpublished compilation, 2007-08; Bergman et al., unpublished revisions, 2007-08
Reference: J.C. Harrison, M.R. St-Onge, O.V. Petrov, S.I. Strelnikov, B.G. Lopatin, F.H. Wilson, S. Tella, D. Paul, T. Lynds, S.P. Shokalsky, C.K. Hults, S. Bergman, H.F. Jepsen, and A. Solli. Geological map of the Arctic. doi:10.4095/287868. Geological Survey of Canada Map 2159A. 
1600 - 2500 Ma
|Proterozoic I tholeiitic|
2300 - 2500 Ma
|Paleoproterozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks|
Age: Siderian (2300 - 2500 Ma)
Lithology: Mafic 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.