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Sukhoi Log deposit, Kropotkinsky ore cluster, Lena Gold District, Bodaibo, Irkutskaya Oblast', Prebaikalia (Pribaikal'e), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 58° 36' 0'' North , 115° 13' 48'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 58.60000,115.23000
Other regions containing this locality:Soviet Union (1922-1991)

Stratabound deposit, hosted in carbonaceous shales.
One of the world's largest gold deposits. Also a PGE deposit.

The ore genesis is related to metamorphic/metasomatic transformations of geochemically specialized carbon-bearing sediments. The platinum/native metals mineralizations preceded the gold ore stage. The reduced metal forms, including PGE, originated during hydrogen-induced reduction coupled with oxidation of hydrocarbons. Gold-bearing quartz-pyrite veinlets were deposited from hot brine hydrothermal fluids.

Mineral List

79 valid minerals.


Mineralization age: Paleozoic : 500 Ma to 450 Ma

Important note: This table is based only on rock and mineral ages recorded below and is not necessarily a complete representation of the geochronology, but does give an indication of possible mineralization events relevant to this locality. As more age information is added this table may expand in the future. A break in the table simply indicates a lack of data entered here, not necessarily a break in the geologic sequence. Grey background entries are from different, related, localities.

Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
   Late Ordovician
ⓘ Zircon (youngest age)450 Ma
   Cambrian Series 3
ⓘ Zircon (oldest age)500 Ma

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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541 - 1000 Ma
Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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Keren Tan (1998): Geological features and ore-controlling regularities of the Sukhoi-Log gold deposit. Gold Science and Technology 6(4), 29-37 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Parada, S.G. (2002): The Lithogenic Nature of Some Gold Deposits in Carbonaceous–Terrigenous Sequences. Lithology and Mineral Resources 37(3), 239-250.

Distler, V.V., Yudovskaya, M.A., Razvozhaeva, E.A., et al. (2003): New data on platinum mineralization of gold ores of deposit Sukhoi Log (Lena gold mining area, Russia). Geochimiya (Geochemistry), 393(4), 524-527 (in Russian).

Distler, V. V., Mitrofanov, G. L., Yudovskaya, M. A., Lishnevsky, E. N., & Prokof’ev, V. Y. (2005). Deep structure and ore-forming processes of the Sukhoi Log gold-platinum deposit, Russia. In Mineral Deposit Research: Meeting the Global Challenge (pp. 921-923). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Woodl, B. L., & Popov, N. P. (2006). The Giant Sukhoi Log Gold Deposit, Siberia. Russian Geology and Geophysics Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 315-341

Large, R. R., Maslennikov, V. V., Robert, F., Danyushevsky, L. V., & Chang, Z. (2007). Multistage sedimentary and metamorphic origin of pyrite and gold in the giant Sukhoi Log deposit, Lena Gold Province, Russia. Economic Geology, 102(7), 1233-1267.

Meffre, S., Large, R. R., Scott, R., Woodhead, J., Chang, Z., Gilbert, S. E., ... & Hergt, J. M. (2008). Age and pyrite Pb-isotopic composition of the giant Sukhoi Log sediment-hosted gold deposit, Russia. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 72(9), 2377-2391.

Dubinina, E. O., Ikonnikova, T. A., & Chugaev, A. V. (2010, December). Heterogeneity of the sulfur isotopic composition of pyrite at the Sukhoi Log deposit and its controlling factors. In Doklady Earth Sciences (Vol. 435, No. 2, pp. 1665-1669). MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica.

Yudovskaya, M. A., Distler, V. V., Prokofiev, V. Y., & Akinfiev, N. N. (2015). Gold mineralisation and orogenic metamorphism in the Lena province of Siberia as assessed from Chertovo Koryto and Sukhoi Log deposits. Geoscience Frontiers.

Ore Geology Reviews 24, 7-44.

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