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Bastnäs Mines, Riddarhyttan, Skinnskatteberg, Västmanland, Sweden

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 59° 49' 0'' North , 15° 32' 59'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 59.81667,15.55000
Other regions containing this locality:Scandinavia
Köppen climate type:Dfc : Subarctic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Bastnäs Mines, Riddarhyttan, Skinnskattebergs kommun, Västmanland, Sverige

Iron, copper, and REE mines first 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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69 valid minerals. 10 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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1800 - 2050 Ma

ID: 2631869

Age: Orosirian (1800 - 2050 Ma)

Description: Svecokarelian orogen; Bergslagen lithotectonic unit

Lithology: Rhyolite, dacite, metamorphic

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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Brandt, G. (1746) Rön och anmärkningar angående en synnerlig färg-kobolt. Kongl. Vetenskaps-Akademiens Handlingar 1746, 119-130.
Hisinger, W. and Berzelius, J.J. (1804) Cerium, en ny Metall funnen i Bastnäs Tungsten från Riddarhyttan i Westmanland. Henrik A. Nordström, Stockholm, Sweden.
Hisinger, W. and Berzelius, J.J. (1804) 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 Cerits, 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., and 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., and 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. and Andersson, U.B. (2007) The REE minerals of the Bastnäs-type deposits, South-Central Sweden. Canadian Mineralogist, 45, 1073-1114.

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