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Västanå Iron Mine (Westanå Mine), Näsum, Bromölla, Skåne, Sweden

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 56° 10' North , 14° 29' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 56.16667,14.48333
Name(s) in local language(s):Västanågruvan (Västanå järnmalmsgruva)
Other regions containing this locality:Scandinavia

Small iron mine, active from 1804 to 1916. The ore consisted of specular hematite in quartzite. Belongs to the same deformation zone as Hålsjöberg, Värmland and Hökensås, Västergötland. The mine is the type locality for the minerals attakolite, augelite, berlinite, and trolleite.

Mineral List

31 valid minerals. 4 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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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1600 - 1800 Ma

Age: Statherian (1600 - 1800 Ma)

Description: Blekinge-Bornholm orogen

Lithology: Acid and basic metavolcanic rocks, paragneiss, quartzite

Reference: Bergman, S., M.B. Sephens, J. Andersson, B. Kathol, T. Bergman. Sveriges berggrund, skala 1:1 miljon. Sveriges geologiska undersökning K 423. [95]

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- Blomstrand, C. W. (1868): Om Vestanå Mineralier. Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar 25 (3), 197-212

- Weibull, M., (1886): Om manganapatit från Vestanå jemte några anmärkningar öfver apatitens sammansättning. Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar 8, 492-495;

- Weibull, M. (1898) : Om några Vestanåmineral. Geologiska Föreningens i Stock­holm Förhandlingar 20, 57-66

- Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 845, 872, 910, 911, 1006.

- Bergström, J. & Shaikh, N.A. (1980) SGU Rapport o. meddel. 22.

- Thomasson, R. (1983): Bjarebyite, (Ba,Sr)(Mn,Fe2+)2(Al,Fe3+)2(PO4)3(OH)3, ett nytt fosfatmineral från Västanå Järngruva, Skåne- En undersökning av kristallstrukturen. M.Sc. thesis, Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden. 30p.

- Hansen, S. & Landa-Canovas, A. (1994): Childrenite and millisite from Västanå Mine, Skåne, Sweden. GFF (Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar) 116: 92.

- Svensson, D., Hansen, S. & Bovin, J.-O. (2002): Hurlbutite, the first Be mineral from Västanå iron mine, Skåne, Sweden. Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar 124, 41-43.

- Sandstöm, F. (2007): Västanåfeltets geologi och mineralogi. Litiofilen 24 (2), 14-38.

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