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Quirke Mines, Bouck Township, Elliot Lake area, Algoma District, Ontario, Canadai
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Aerial view of the Elliott Lake uranium mining area, ca. 1960.

Quirke Mines, Bouck Township, Elliot Lake area, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada
Aerial view of the Elliott Lake uranium mining area, ca. 1960.

Quirke Mines, Bouck Township, Elliot Lake area, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada
Aerial view of the Elliott Lake uranium mining area, ca. 1960.

Quirke Mines, Bouck Township, Elliot Lake area, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° 30' 45'' North , 82° 38' 48'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 46.51250,-82.64667
GeoHash:G#: f0m0x76dc
Locality type:Group of Mines
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Elliot Lake12,508 (2008)14.4km
Spanish639 (2012)41.5km


A group of uranium mines, including the A-reef, C-reef and New Quirke mines, operated from 1955 to 1961, and 1965 to 1990, by Rio Algom Ltd, producing a total of 44 million tons ore.

Regions containing this locality

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


18 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

'Allanite Group'
Formula: {A12+REE3+}{M3+2M32+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Brannerite
Formula: UTi2O6
Reference: Robertson, J.A. (1976) The Blind River Uranium Deposits: the ores and their setting. (Ontario Division of Mines, Miscellaneous paper 65); Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Coffinite
Formula: U(SiO4) · nH2O
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Ilmenite
Formula: Fe2+TiO3
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Microcline
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Molybdenite
Formula: MoS2
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
'Monazite'
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Muscovite var: Sericite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Orthoclase
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
'Pyrobitumen'
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
'Pyrobitumen var: Thucholite'
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Rutile
Formula: TiO2
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Thorite
Formula: Th(SiO4)
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Thorite var: Uranothorite
Formula: (Th,U)SiO4
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Uraninite
Formula: UO2
Reference: Robertson, J.A. (1976) The Blind River Uranium Deposits: the ores and their setting. (Ontario Division of Mines, Miscellaneous paper 65); Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)
Reference: Econ Geol (1984) 79:297-321

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Molybdenite2.EA.30MoS2
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Brannerite4.DH.05UTi2O6
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
Magnetite4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Rutile4.DB.05TiO2
Uraninite4.DL.05UO2
Group 9 - Silicates
Coffinite9.AD.30U(SiO4) · nH2O
Microcline9.FA.30K(AlSi3O8)
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Sericite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Orthoclase9.FA.30K(AlSi3O8)
Thorite9.AD.30Th(SiO4)
var: Uranothorite9.AD.30(Th,U)SiO4
Zircon9.AD.30Zr(SiO4)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Allanite Group'-{A12+REE3+}{M3+2M32+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
'Monazite'-
'Pyrobitumen'-
'var: Thucholite'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Molybdenite2.12.10.1MoS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Ilmenite4.3.5.1Fe2+TiO3
AX2
Rutile4.4.1.1TiO2
Group 5 - OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
AXO2·xH2O
Uraninite5.1.1.1UO2
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 8 - MULTIPLE OXIDES CONTAINING NIOBIUM,TANTALUM OR TITANIUM
AB2O6
Brannerite8.3.4.1UTi2O6
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in >[6] coordination
Coffinite51.5.2.4U(SiO4) · nH2O
Thorite51.5.2.3Th(SiO4)
Zircon51.5.2.1Zr(SiO4)
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
Microcline76.1.1.5K(AlSi3O8)
Orthoclase76.1.1.1K(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Allanite Group'-{A12+REE3+}{M3+2M32+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
'Monazite'-
Muscovite
var: Sericite
-KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
'Pyrobitumen'-
'var: Thucholite'-
Thorite
var: Uranothorite
-(Th,U)SiO4

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H CoffiniteU(SiO4) · nH2O
H Allanite Group{A12+REE3+}{M23+M32+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
OOxygen
O BranneriteUTi2O6
O UraniniteUO2
O QuartzSiO2
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
O Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
O OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
O CoffiniteU(SiO4) · nH2O
O Thorite (var: Uranothorite)(Th,U)SiO4
O RutileTiO2
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O Allanite Group{A12+REE3+}{M23+M32+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O ThoriteTh(SiO4)
AlAluminium
Al Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Al OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
Si Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Si OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
Si CoffiniteU(SiO4) · nH2O
Si Thorite (var: Uranothorite)(Th,U)SiO4
Si Allanite Group{A12+REE3+}{M23+M32+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si ThoriteTh(SiO4)
SSulfur
S PyriteFeS2
S MolybdeniteMoS2
S GalenaPbS
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
KPotassium
K Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
K OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
TiTitanium
Ti BranneriteUTi2O6
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Ti RutileTiO2
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZrZirconium
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)
MoMolybdenum
Mo MolybdeniteMoS2
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS
ThThorium
Th Thorite (var: Uranothorite)(Th,U)SiO4
Th ThoriteTh(SiO4)
UUranium
U BranneriteUTi2O6
U UraniniteUO2
U CoffiniteU(SiO4) · nH2O
U Thorite (var: Uranothorite)(Th,U)SiO4

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: 625515
Huronian Supergroup (2.2 Ga to 2450 Ma); Hough Lake Group; Ramsay Lake Formation

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Ramsay Lake Formation

Comments: Southern and Superior Province

Lithology: Conglomerate, minor sandstone, siltstone

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]

Neoarchean
2500 - 2800 Ma



ID: 3186138
Archean intrusive rocks

Age: Neoarchean (2500 - 2800 Ma)

Lithology: Intrusive igneous 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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

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