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Kovdor Zheleznyi Mine (Iron Mine), Kovdor Massif, Murmanskaya Oblast', Northern Region, Russia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 67° 33' 34'' North , 30° 25' 33'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 67.55970,30.42584
GeoHash:G#: usj8k6g7v
Other regions containing this locality:Karelian-Kola Alkaline Ultramafic and Carbonatitic Province, Finland/Russia
Soviet Union (1922-1991)
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Dfc : Subarctic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Железный рудник, Ковдорский массив, Мурманская область
Other/historical names associated with this locality:Murmanskaja Oblast'; Murmansk Oblast

Iron mine working on magnetite-rich ore.

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.

Mineral List

55 valid minerals. 14 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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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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Late Devonian - Middle Devonian
358.9 - 393.3 Ma

ID: 650777
Igneous: intrusive; Intrusive: syenitic

Age: Devonian (358.9 - 393.3 Ma)

Description: East European Platform, Ural Mountains, Fennoscandian Shield- Gulf of Bothnia-Oslo graben

Comments: Craton cover; Koistinen et al., 2001; Sigmond, 2002; Solli, unpublished compilation, 2007-08; Bergman et al., unpublished revisions, 2007-08

Lithology: Syenite, lamprophyre, minette, foid 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]

2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 3142005
Archean gneiss

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Gneiss

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 3187773
Archean crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Lithology: Crystalline metamorphic 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]

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Rimskaya-Korsakova, O.M. (1964) Genesis of the Kovdor iron-ore deposit (Kola Peninsula). International Geology Review: 6 (10): 1735-1746.
Mitchell, R.H., Yakovenchuk, V.N., Chakhmouradian, A.R., Burns, P.C., and Pakhomovsky, Y.A. (2000) Henrymeyerite, a new hollandite-type Ba-Fe titanate from the Kovdor Complex, Russia. The Canadian Mineralogist: 38: 617-626.
Britvin, S.N., Ferraris, G., Ivaldi, G., Bogdanova, A.N., and Chukanov, N.V. (2002) Cattiite, Mg3(PO4)2·22H2O, a new mineral from Zhelezny mine (Kovdor Massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte: 2002: 160-168.
Seredkin, M.V. et al. (2003) Zapiski Vserossiyskogo Mineralogicheskogo Obshchestva: 132 (1): 67-75.
Yakovenchuk, V.N., Ivanyuk, G.Y., Mikhailova, Y.A., Selivanova, E.A., and Krivovichev, S.V. (2006) Pakhomovskyite, Co3(PO4)2·8H2O, a new mineral species from Kovdor, Kola Peninsula, Russia. The Canadian Mineralogist: 44: 117-123.
Yakovenchuk, V.N., Ivanyuk, G.Yu., Pakhomovsky, Ya.A., Panikorovskii, T.L., Britvin, S.N., Krivovichev, S.V., Shilovskikh, V.V., and Bocharov, V.N. (2018) Kampelite, Ba3Mg1.5Sc4(PO4)6(OH)3·4H2O, a new very complex Ba-Sc phosphate mineral from the Kovdor phoscorite-carbonatite complex (Kola Peninsula, Russia. Mineralogy and Petrology: 112: 111–121

External Links

http://geo.web.ru/druza/l-Zhelezn.htm - A lot of photos (samples from different collections) and maps (in Russian)
http://webmineral.ru/deposits/item.php?id=477 - Russian Database on Minerals and Localities

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