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Narsaarsuk pegmatite (Narssârssuk pegmatite), Narsaarsuk Plateau, Igaliku (Igaliko), Narsaq, Kujalleq, Greenland

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 61° 1' 59'' North , 45° 22' 40'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 61.03306,-45.37778
Köppen climate type:ET : Tundra
Name(s) in local language(s):Narsaarsuk (Narssârssuk; Narsarsuk), Igaliku (Igaliko), Narsaq, Kujalleq, Kalaallit Nunaat

A nepheline syenite pegmatite located geologically in the westernmost margin of the Igdlerfigssalik center, one of the units in the Igaliko nepheline syenite complex. Geographically it is located at an altitude of 270 m, on the Narsaarsuk Plateau, on the western foot of Igdlerfigssalik Mt. The pegmatite is found less than 1 km from the southern end of the moraine at the entrance of the Korok Fjord.

The pegmatite is especially rich in miarolitic cavities, and covers an area about 200 x 500m.

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65 valid minerals. 13 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 3 erroneous literature entries.

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Stenian - Ectasian
1000 - 1400 Ma

ID: 654669
Igneous: intrusive; Intrusive: syenitic

Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1400 Ma)

Description: Greenland, Gardar Province

Comments: Magmatic arc/suite; Escher & Pulvertaft, 1995; Hamann et al., 2005; Jepsen, unpublished revisions, 2007-08

Lithology: Syenite

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. [2]

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Flink, G. (1893): Om några mineral från Grönland. Geologiska Föreningen i Stockholms Förhandlingar. 15, 195-208 [First descriptions of Neptunite and Epidydimite]
Lindström, G. (1894): Elpidit, ett nytt mineral från Igaliko, Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar, 16, 330-335
Flink, G. (1898a) Berättelse om en mineralogisk resa i Syd-Grönland sommaren 1897. Meddelelser om Grønland, 14, 221-262.
Flink, G. (1898b) Beschreibung eines neuen Mineralfundes aus Grönland. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, 23, 344-368 (in German).
Flink, G. (1899) Part I. On the minerals from Narsarsuk on the Firth of Tunugdliarfik in Southern Greenland. 8-180, In: Flink, G., Bøgghild, O.B., and Winther, C. (1901): Undersøgelser af Mineraler fra Julianehaab indsamlet af G. Flink 1897, Part II. On some minerals from the Nepheline-Syenite at Julianehaab, Greenland (Epistolite, Britholite, Schizolite and Steenstrupite). Meddelelser om Grønland, 24, 1-213.
Flink, G. (1900): Mineralogische Notizen. 1. Ueber den Synchysit von Narsarsuk in Süd-Grönland, ein Mineral, welches für Parisit gehalten wurde. Bulletin of the Geological Instution of the University of Upsala. 5, 81-87.
Bøggild, O.B. (1904): Erikite[?]. Meddelelser om Grønland, 29, 93.
Bøggild, O.B. (1915): Leifit et nyt mineral fra Narsarsuk. Meddelelser om Grønland, 51, 427 433. (in Danish). English abstract: Mineralogical Abstracts, 1, (19) (1915) 123.
Bøggild, O.B. (1920): Leifit, ein neues Mineral von Narsarsuk, Grönland. Zeitschrift für Krystallographie, 55, 425 429 (in German).
Gordon, S.G. (1924): Minerals obtained in Greenland on the second Academy-Vaux expedition, 1923. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 76, 249-26
Bøggild, O.B. (1953): The Mineralogy of Greenland. Meddelelser om Grønland, Bd. 149. Nr. 3., C.A. Reitzels Forlag, Copenhagen. 445 p.
Montgomery, A. (1974): An American Mineralogist Part IV. Mineralogical Record 5 (3), 115-127
Petersen, O. V., Johnsen, O. & Leonardsen, E.S. (1976): Nordstrandite from Narssârssuk, Greenland. Mineralogical Record 7, 78-82
Petersen, O. V. and Johnsen, O. (1980): First occurrence of the rare mineral Barylite in Greenland. TMPM Tschermak's Mineralogische und Petrologische Mittheilungen 27: 35-39
Petersen, O.V. and Secher, K. (1993): The minerals of Greenland. Mineralogical Record 24: 1-65. (p.37-47)
Petersen, O.V (1995): Alkaline mineralforekomster i syd og syd-vest Grønland. Bergverksmuseets Skrift 9,7-17
Petersen, O. V & Johnsen, O. (2005): Minerals first described from Greenland. Canadian Mineralogist, Special Publication. 8, 184p
Bonazzi, P., Bindi, L., Zoppi, M., Capitani, G.C., and Olmi, F. (2006): Single-crystal diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies of "silicified" pyrochlore from Narssârssuk, Julianehaab district, Greenland. American Mineralogist: 91: 794-801.

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