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Bastnäs mines, Riddarhyttan, Skinnskatteberg, Västmanland, Sweden

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 59° 49' North , 15° 33' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 59.8166666667, 15.55
Name(s) in local language(s):Nya Bastnäsfältet

Iron, copper and REE mines earliest mentioned in 1692. The elements cerium and lanthanum were discovered in minerals from Bastnäs. Mining during the period 1875-1888 produced 4,500 tons of cerium ore (mainly Cerite-(Ce) and ferriallanite-(Ce)).

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66 valid minerals. 8 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Brandt, G. (1746): Rön och anmärkningar angående en synnerlig färg-kobolt. Kongl. Vetenskaps-Akademiens Handlingar 1746, 119-130

Hisinger, W. & Berzelius, J.J. (1804a): Cerium, en ny Metall funnen i Bastnäs Tungsten från Riddarhyttan i Westmanland. Henrik A. Nordström, Stockholm, Sweden.

Hisinger, W. & Berzelius, J.J. (1804b): Cerium: ein neuer Metall aus einer Schwedischen Steinart, Bastnäs Tungstein gennant. Neues Allgemeines Journal der Chemie, 2: 397-418

Klaproth, M.H. (1807): Chemische Untersuchung des Cererits, Beiträge zur chemischen Kenntniss der Mineralkörper, Vierter Band, Rottmann Berlin, 140-152

Hisinger, W. (1838): Analyser af några svenska mineralier. 2. Basiskt Fluor-Cerium från Bastnäs. Kongl. Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar 1838, 187-1891

Haidinger, W. (1845): Handbuch der bestimmenden Mineralogie, enthaltend Die Terminologie, Systematik, Nomenklatur und Charakteristik der Naturgeschichte des Mineralreiches. Vienna: Braumüller und Seidel, 630p.

Geijer,P. (1920): The cerium minerals of Bastnäs at Riddarhyttan. Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning, Serie C, 304: 1-24

Holtstam, D. (2002): Cobaltkieserite, CoSO4·H2O, a new mineral species from Bastnäs, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden. Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar, 124: 117-119

Holtstam, D., Andersson, U. B. & Mansfeld,J. (2003): Ferriallanite-(Ce) from the Bastnäs deposit, Västmanland, Sweden. Canadian Mineralogist, 41: 1233-1240

Holtstam, D., Norrestam, R. and Andersson, U. B. (2003): Percleveite-(Ce) - a new lanthanide disilicate mineral from Bastnäs, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden. European Journal of Mineralogy, 15, 725-731

Andersson, U.B. (ed)(2004): The Bastnäs type REE-mineralizations in northwestern Bergslagen, Sweden- a summary with geological background and excursion guide. Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning. Rapporter och meddelanden 119, 34p.

Holtstam, D., Grins, J. & Nysten, P. (2004): Håleniusite-(La) from the Bastnäs deposit, Västmanland, Sweden: A new REE oxyfluoride mineral species. Canadian Mineralogist, 42(4): 1097-1103

Öhman, L. , Nysten, P. and Langhof, J. (2004): Famous mineral localities: the Bastnäs mines - Riddarhyttan ore field, Bergslagen district, Västmanland, Sweden. The Mineralogical Record, 35 (3):187-200

Öhman, L. , Nysten, P. and Langhof, J. (2005): Nya Bastnäs i Riddarhytte malmfält. Litiofilen, 22 (1): 14-38

Holtstam, D., Andersson, U.B. (2007): The REE minerals of the Bastnäs-type deposits, South-Central Sweden. Canadian Mineralogist. 45, 1073-1114

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