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Kuannersuit Plateau (Kvanefjeld), Ilímaussaq complex, Narsaq, Kujalleq, Greenland

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 60° 58' 30'' North , 45° 59' 30'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 60.975, -45.9916666667
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Quanit Qaqa Plateau; Kvanefjeld Plateau

The Kuannersuit Plateau is situated in the northwestern part of the Ilímaussaq complex. It's located north-west of the Narsaq River. A small peak at 685 m is named Kvanefjeld Mountain. The plateau consist of different varieties of fine-grained U-Th-REE rich lujavrites (aegirine-, arfvedsonite-, naujakasite-, and brown agirine lujavrites).
Kvanefjeld is the second-largest deposit of REEs in the world, and the sixth largest uranium deposit (Elements 2012, p. 398); drilling by Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd. has recommenced in 2010.

At 500m altitude, below the plateau, on the slope of the Kvanefjeld Mountain, there is an old, now abandoned adit, the Kvanefjeld adit, an exploration drift for Uranium. The mine dumps is found below the adit, in a large area.
A large number of tugtupite-bearing albite veins with a complex mineralogy intersects these alkaline rocks (Friis et al. 2004).
Kuannersuite-(Ce) and nabesite were first described from these veins. For detailed information on the mineralogy in these veins see the locality called Tugtupite-bearing albitites.

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65 valid minerals. 10 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Sørensen, H., Leonardsen, E.S. & Petersen, O.V. (1970): Trona and Thermonatrite from the Ilimaussaq alkaline intrusion, south Greenland. Contribution to the mineralogy of Ilimaussaq, no. 17. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark. 20, 1-19

Petersen, O.V., Giester, G., Brandstätter, F., Niedermayr, G. (2002): Nabesite, a new mineral species from the Ilimaussaq alkaline complex. Canadian Mineralogist. 40, 173-181

Cole, M. (2003): Fluorescent Minerals of the Ilimaussaq Complex, Greenland, MinerShop 2003 [Published online:]

Friis, H., Balic-Zunic, T, Pekov, I., Peterson, O. (2004): Kuannersuite-(Ce), a new member of the Apatite-group, from the Ilimaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland. Canadian Mineralogist. 42, 95-106

Husdal, T. (2011): På jakt etter nye mineraler. Norsk Bergverksmuseum, Skrifter. 46: 88-98 [On the discovery of Carlgieseckite-(Nd)]

Sørensen, H., Bailey, John C. & Rose-Hansen, J. (2011): The emplacement and crystallization of the lujavrites at Kvanefjeld, Ilímaussaq Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark. 59, 69-92

Pekov, I.V., Zubkova, N.V.,Husdal, T.A., Kononkova, N.N., Agakhanov, A.A., Zadov, A.E. and Pushcharovsky, D.Y. (2012): Carlgieseckeite-(Nd), NaNdCa3(PO4)3F, a new belovite-group mineral species from the Ilímaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland. Canadian Mineralogist. 50, 571-580

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