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Biraya Fe-REE ore occurrence, Biraya and Bya Rivers confluence area (Chara Basin), Vitim Plateau, Irkutskaya Oblast', Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 57° 52' 50'' North , 116° 42' 29'' East (est.)
Margin of Error:~0km
Other regions containing this locality:Siberian Federal District, Russia
Soviet Union (1922-1991)
Köppen climate type:Dwc : Monsoon-influenced subarctic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):рудопроявление Бирая

Located in 145 km to East of Bodaibo city. Composed of two parts Ust'-Biraya and Verkhnyaya Biraya (Upper Biraya).
Mid Paleozoic carbonatite dike 20km long by 10-300m

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60 valid minerals. 2 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e)
      • Irkutskaya Oblast'

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Chernikov V.V., Коnev А.А., Vorob'ev Е.I. e.a. (1994) On new type of rare-earth - rare-metal ores in carbonatite rocks of Biraya (Nechera anticlinorium), - Doklady RAN, 335(6),p. 774-777 (in Rus.)
Chernikov V.V., Коnev А.А., Vorob'ev Е.I. e.a. (1994) Endogenic carbonate rocks of Biraya - perspective source of rare-earth - rare-metal raw materials, - Geologiya i Geofizika,№ 6, p. 50-60 (in Rus.)
Konev A A, Kartashev P M, Koneva A A, Ushchapovskaya Z F, Nartova N V (2004): Mg-deficient strontium benstonite from the ore occurrence Biraya (Siberia). Zapiski Vserossijskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva, 133 (6), 65-73.
Koneva A.A., Konev A.A., Vladykin N.V. (2010) Vein complex of the Biraya carbonatite deposit. in Abstracts of XXVII International conference School «Geochemistry of Alkaline rocks». – Moscow-Koktebel’. pp. 240 pp.
Mills, S. J., Kartashov, P. M., Kampf, A. R., Konev, A. A., Koneva, A. A., & Raudsepp, M. (2012). Cordylite-(La), A New Mineral Species In Fenite From The Biraya Fe–Ree Deposit, Irkutsk, Russia. The Canadian Mineralogist, 50(5), 1281-1290.

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