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Surinamei
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SurinameCountry

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Name in French:Suriname
Name in German:Suriname
Name in Italian:Suriname
Name in Russian:Суринам
Name in Simplified Chinese:苏里南
Name in Spanish:Surinam
Name in Afrikaans:Suriname
Name in Albanian:Surinami
Name in Arabic:سورينام
Name in Belarusian:Сурынам
Name in Bulgarian:Суринам
Name in Catalan:Suriname
Name in Czech:Surinam
Name in Danish:Surinam
Name in Dutch:Suriname
Name in Estonian:Suriname
Name in Farsi/Persian:سورینام
Name in Finnish:Suriname
Name in Galician:Suriname
Name in Greek:Σουρινάμ
Name in Hebrew:סורינאם
Name in Hindi:सूरीनाम
Name in Hungarian:Suriname
Name in Icelandic:Súrínam
Name in Indonesian:Suriname
Name in Irish Gaelic:Suranam
Name in Japanese:スリナム
Name in Korean:수리남
Name in Latvian:Surinama
Name in Lithuanian:Surinamas
Name in Macedonian:Суринам
Name in Norwegian:Surinam
Name in Polish:Surinam
Name in Portuguese:Suriname
Name in Romanian:Surinam
Name in Serbian:Суринам
Name in Slovak:Surinam
Name in Slovenian:Surinam
Name in Swahili:Surinam
Name in Swedish:Surinam
Name in Tagalog:Surinam
Name in Thai:ซูรินาเม
Name in Turkish:Surinam
Name in Ukrainian:Суринам
Name in Vietnamese:Suriname
Name in Welsh:Swrinam
Area:163,821 km2
Neighbouring regions:
Locality type:Country
Largest Settlements:
PlacePopulation
Paramaribo223,757 (2010)
Lelydorp18,223 (2016)
Brokopondo14,662 (2016)
Nieuw Nickerie13,143 (2016)
Moengo7,074 (2016)
Wageningen4,145 (2015)
Other/historical names associated with this locality: Nederlands Guyana, Netherlands Guiana , Dutch Guiana


Suriname was formerly known as Nederlands Guyana, Netherlands Guiana or Dutch Guiana. It is situated between French Guiana to the east and Guyana to the west. The southern border is shared with Brazil and the northern border is the Atlantic coast.

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20 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Albite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Albite var: Andesine
Formula: (Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
Albite var: Oligoclase
Formula: (Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F., Kieft, C., Murray, E., Klein, E., Drucker, W.H., and Moore, P.B. (1976) Surinamite, a new Mg-Al silicate from the Bakhuis Mountains, western Surinam. I. Description, occurrence, and conditions of formation II. X-ray crystallography and proposed crystal structure. American Mineralogist: 61: 193-199.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Reference: Daoust, C., Voicu, G., Brisson, H., & Gauthier, M. (2011). Geological setting of the Paleoproterozoic Rosebel gold district, Guiana Shield, Suriname. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 32(3), 222-245.
'Alkali Feldspar'
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
Andalusite
Formula: Al2(SiO4)O
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
'Apatite'
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
'Biotite'
Cassiterite
Formula: SnO2
Reference: Natural History Museum Vienna collection
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Daoust, C., Voicu, G., Brisson, H., & Gauthier, M. (2011). Geological setting of the Paleoproterozoic Rosebel gold district, Guiana Shield, Suriname. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 32(3), 222-245.
Cordierite
Formula: (Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
Corundum
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
'Feldspar Group'
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
'Feldspar Group var: Perthite'
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
Gibbsite
Formula: Al(OH)3
Reference: Tony Nickischer
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: http://www.iamgold.com/English/operations/operating-mines/rosebel-gold-mines-suriname/default.aspx; https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iamgold; Daoust, C., Voicu, G., Brisson, H., & Gauthier, M. (2011). Geological setting of the Paleoproterozoic Rosebel gold district, Guiana Shield, Suriname. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 32(3), 222-245.
Grandidierite
Formula: (Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
Reference: AmMin 61:332
'Hypersthene'
Formula: (Mg,Fe)SiO3
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
Ilmenite
Formula: Fe2+TiO3
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
Kyanite
Formula: Al2(SiO4)O
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F., Kieft, C., Murray, E., Klein, E., Drucker, W.H., and Moore, P.B. (1976) Surinamite, a new Mg-Al silicate from the Bakhuis Mountains, western Surinam. I. Description, occurrence, and conditions of formation II. X-ray crystallography and proposed crystal structure. American Mineralogist: 61: 193-199.
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Daoust, C., Voicu, G., Brisson, H., & Gauthier, M. (2011). Geological setting of the Paleoproterozoic Rosebel gold district, Guiana Shield, Suriname. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 32(3), 222-245.
Muscovite var: Sericite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Daoust, C., Voicu, G., Brisson, H., & Gauthier, M. (2011). Geological setting of the Paleoproterozoic Rosebel gold district, Guiana Shield, Suriname. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 32(3), 222-245.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Daoust, C., Voicu, G., Brisson, H., & Gauthier, M. (2011). Geological setting of the Paleoproterozoic Rosebel gold district, Guiana Shield, Suriname. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 32(3), 222-245.
'Pyroxene Group'
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F. and Kieft, C. (1976) Grandidierite of contact-metamorphic origin from Maratakka, northwest Surinam. American Mineralogist, vol. 61, 332-333.
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Daoust, C., Voicu, G., Brisson, H., & Gauthier, M. (2011). Geological setting of the Paleoproterozoic Rosebel gold district, Guiana Shield, Suriname. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 32(3), 222-245.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Rutile
Formula: TiO2
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F., Kieft, C., Murray, E., Klein, E., Drucker, W.H., and Moore, P.B. (1976) Surinamite, a new Mg-Al silicate from the Bakhuis Mountains, western Surinam. I. Description, occurrence, and conditions of formation II. X-ray crystallography and proposed crystal structure. American Mineralogist: 61: 193-199.
Sillimanite
Formula: Al2(SiO4)O
Spinel
Formula: MgAl2O4
Spinel var: Pleonaste
Formula: (Mg,Fe)Al2O4
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F., Kieft, C., Murray, E., Klein, E., Drucker, W.H., and Moore, P.B. (1976) Surinamite, a new Mg-Al silicate from the Bakhuis Mountains, western Surinam. I. Description, occurrence, and conditions of formation II. X-ray crystallography and proposed crystal structure. American Mineralogist: 61: 193-199.
Surinamite (TL)
Formula: (Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
Type Locality:
Reference: De Roever, E.W.F., Kieft, C., Murray, E., Klein, E., Drucker, W.H., and Moore, P.B. (1976) Surinamite, a new Mg-Al silicate from the Bakhuis Mountains, western Surinam. I. Description, occurrence, and conditions of formation II. X-ray crystallography and proposed crystal structure. American Mineralogist: 61: 193-199.
'Tourmaline'
Formula: A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Gold1.AA.05Au
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Cassiterite4.DB.05SnO2
Corundum4.CB.05Al2O3
Gibbsite4.FE.10Al(OH)3
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
Magnetite4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Rutile4.DB.05TiO2
Spinel4.BB.05MgAl2O4
var: Pleonaste4.BB.05(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
Group 9 - Silicates
Albite9.FA.35Na(AlSi3O8)
var: Andesine9.FA.35(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
var: Oligoclase9.FA.35(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Andalusite9.AF.10Al2(SiO4)O
Cordierite9.CJ.10(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Grandidierite9.AJ.05(Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
Kyanite9.AF.15Al2(SiO4)O
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Sericite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Sillimanite9.AF.05Al2(SiO4)O
Surinamite (TL)9.DH.55(Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
Zircon9.AD.30Zr(SiO4)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Alkali Feldspar'-
'Apatite'-
'Biotite'-
'Chlorite Group'-
'Feldspar Group'-
'var: Perthite'-
'Hypersthene'-(Mg,Fe)SiO3
'Pyroxene Group'-
'Tourmaline'-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Corundum4.3.1.1Al2O3
Ilmenite4.3.5.1Fe2+TiO3
AX2
Cassiterite4.4.1.5SnO2
Rutile4.4.1.1TiO2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
X(OH)3
Gibbsite6.3.1.1Al(OH)3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Spinel7.2.1.1MgAl2O4
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in >[6] coordination
Zircon51.5.2.1Zr(SiO4)
Group 52 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [4] and >[4] coordination
Andalusite52.2.2b.1Al2(SiO4)O
Kyanite52.2.2c.1Al2(SiO4)O
Sillimanite52.2.2a.1Al2(SiO4)O
Group 54 - NESOSILICATES Borosilicates and Some Beryllosilicates
Borosilicates and Some Beryllosilicates with (BO3)
Grandidierite54.1.1.1(Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
Group 61 - CYCLOSILICATES Six-Membered Rings
Six-Membered Rings with Al substituted rings
Cordierite61.2.1.1(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Group 69 - INOSILICATES Chains with Side Branches or Loops
Chains with Side Branches or Loops with P>2
Surinamite (TL)69.2.1b.2(Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Albite76.1.3.1Na(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
var: Andesine-(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
var: Oligoclase-(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Alkali Feldspar'-
'Apatite'-
'Biotite'-
'Chlorite Group'-
'Feldspar Group'-
'var: Perthite'-
'Hypersthene'-(Mg,Fe)SiO3
Muscovite
var: Sericite
-KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
'Pyroxene Group'-
Spinel
var: Pleonaste
-(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
'Tourmaline'-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H GibbsiteAl(OH)3
H Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
BeBeryllium
Be Surinamite(Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
BBoron
B Grandidierite(Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
B TourmalineA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
OOxygen
O Surinamite(Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
O Grandidierite(Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
O KyaniteAl2(SiO4)O
O SillimaniteAl2(SiO4)O
O Spinel (var: Pleonaste)(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
O RutileTiO2
O QuartzSiO2
O Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
O SpinelMgAl2O4
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O CorundumAl2O3
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O AndalusiteAl2(SiO4)O
O Hypersthene(Mg,Fe)SiO3
O Albite (var: Andesine)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
O Albite (var: Oligoclase)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
O GibbsiteAl(OH)3
O CassiteriteSnO2
O AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
O TourmalineA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
O Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
NaSodium
Na Albite (var: Andesine)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Na Albite (var: Oligoclase)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Na AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
MgMagnesium
Mg Surinamite(Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
Mg Grandidierite(Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
Mg Spinel (var: Pleonaste)(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
Mg Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Mg SpinelMgAl2O4
Mg Hypersthene(Mg,Fe)SiO3
AlAluminium
Al Surinamite(Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
Al Grandidierite(Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
Al KyaniteAl2(SiO4)O
Al SillimaniteAl2(SiO4)O
Al Spinel (var: Pleonaste)(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
Al Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Al SpinelMgAl2O4
Al CorundumAl2O3
Al AndalusiteAl2(SiO4)O
Al Albite (var: Andesine)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Al Albite (var: Oligoclase)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Al GibbsiteAl(OH)3
Al AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Al Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si Surinamite(Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
Si Grandidierite(Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
Si KyaniteAl2(SiO4)O
Si SillimaniteAl2(SiO4)O
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Si AndalusiteAl2(SiO4)O
Si Hypersthene(Mg,Fe)SiO3
Si Albite (var: Andesine)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Si Albite (var: Oligoclase)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Si AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Si Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SSulfur
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S PyriteFeS2
KPotassium
K Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca Albite (var: Andesine)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
Ca Albite (var: Oligoclase)(Na,Ca)[Al(Si,Al)Si2O8]
TiTitanium
Ti RutileTiO2
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
FeIron
Fe Surinamite(Mg,Fe)3Al4BeSi3O16
Fe Grandidierite(Mg,Fe2+)(Al,Fe3+)3(SiO4)(BO3)O2
Fe Spinel (var: Pleonaste)(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
Fe Cordierite(Mg,Fe)2Al3(AlSi5O18)
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Fe Hypersthene(Mg,Fe)SiO3
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe PyriteFeS2
ZrZirconium
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)
SnTin
Sn CassiteriteSnO2
AuGold
Au GoldAu

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