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Nanisivik Mine, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canadai
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Nanisivik MineMine
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Baffin IslandIsland
Nunavut- not defined -
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 73° 0' 45'' North , 84° 30' 0'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 73.01250,-84.50000
GeoHash:G#: fhgzm5sbx
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:ET : Tundra


This is a Precambrian Mississippi Valley-type massive lead zinc sulfide deposit, hosted in carbonate rock, that was subsequently reworked. Almost all the marcasite pseudomorphed to pyrite. Blades, twins and even fivelings are now pyrite. The incredibly diverse forms of pyrite are unique to this locality.
Owned by Nanisivik Mines, Ltd. until 1996 after which it was sold to Breakwater Resources Ltd. It was operated from 1976 to 2002.

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33 valid minerals.

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Detailed Mineral List:

Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Ankerite
Formula: Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Reference: Specimen in personal collection - Bill Morgenstern
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Bianchite
Formula: (Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Boyleite
Formula: (Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Habit: scalenohedra to several cm
Colour: yellow
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Celestine
Formula: SrSO4
Reference: Gary Dyck
Chalcanthite
Formula: CuSO4 · 5H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Habit: simple sphenoidal xls to a few mm
Colour: yellow
Fluorescence: none
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Copiapite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Covellite
Formula: CuS
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Habit: Simple rhombs to several cm
Colour: white
Description: Pyrite even pseudomorphed the dolomite!
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]; Symons, D.T.A., Symons, T.B., and Sangster, T.F. (2000): Mineralium Deposita 35, 672-682.; Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Habit: melted cubes
Colour: grey
Fluorescence: none
Description: The Lead is surprisingly rare for a Mississippi lead zinc deposit
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]; Symons, D.T.A., Symons, T.B., and Sangster, T.F. (2000): Mineralium Deposita 35, 672-682.; Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Greenockite
Formula: CdS
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Gunningite
Formula: ZnSO4 · H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]; Rocks & Min.81(1):62-66 (2006)
Hexahydrite
Formula: MgSO4 · 6H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Ice
Formula: H2O
Description: Crystal pockets are full of ice. One mines the rock around the ice and then lets the ice melt to reveal the treasures See Postings by Holger Hartmaier and Dave Joyce at http://www.mindat.org/forum.php?read,62,371225,371509#msg-371509
Reference: Gait, R.I., Robinson, G.W., Bailey, K., Dumka, D. (1990) Minerals of the Nanasivik Mine, Baffin Island, North West Territories. Mineralogical Record, 21 (6), 515-534. Ice is photoed and mentioned in this reference on pg 519, 522, and 524
Jarosite
Formula: KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Linnaeite
Formula: Co2+Co3+2S4
Reference: Can. Museum of Nature collection
Marcasite
Formula: FeS2
Habit: Wedge shaped prisms to a few mm
Colour: greeny yellow
Fluorescence: none
Description: The only surviving Marcasite is the reverse epitaxi of the pyrite on marcasite. Small cubes of pyrite with pyritohedral modifications have marcasites in epitaxi only on the cube faces.
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]; Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Melanterite
Formula: Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Habit: Quite variable and quite unique, forms present: cube, octo, dodec, trapezohedron, pyritohedron.
Colour: yellow
Fluorescence: none
Description: Much of the pyrite pseudomorphs marcasite and started in epitaxi on the marcasite before replacing it. This yields bizarre and unique habits
Reference: Symons, D.T.A., Symons, T.B., and Sangster, T.F. (2000): Mineralium Deposita 35, 672-682.; Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]; Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Habit: Terminated prisms to several cm
Colour: clear to smokey
Fluorescence: none
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]; Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Rozenite
Formula: FeSO4 · 4H2O
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Siegenite
Formula: CoNi2S4
Habit: Octos and spinel twins to a few mm
Colour: grey
Fluorescence: none
Description: Every Mississippi Pb Zn ought to have a thyospinel
Reference: Rocks & Minerals (2008) 83:48
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Habit: complex tetrahedral twins to a cm
Colour: brown black
Fluorescence: none
Description: Shalerite is the major ore
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]; Symons, D.T.A., Symons, T.B., and Sangster, T.F. (2000): Mineralium Deposita 35, 672-682.; Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Sulphur
Formula: S8
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]
Wurtzite
Formula: (Zn,Fe)S
Description: None found in X-ray study
Reference: [MinRec 21:533]; Symons, D.T.A., Symons, T.B., and Sangster, T.F. (2000): Mineralium Deposita 35, 672-682.; Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Zincocopiapite
Formula: ZnFe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 18H2O
Reference: Mineralogical Record: 21: 533.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Sulphur1.CC.05S8
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Covellite2.CA.05aCuS
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Greenockite2.CB.45CdS
Linnaeite2.DA.05Co2+Co3+2S4
Marcasite2.EB.10aFeS2
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Siegenite2.DA.05CoNi2S4
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Wurtzite2.CB.45(Zn,Fe)S
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Ice4.AA.05H2O
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Ankerite5.AB.10Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Dolomite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Bianchite7.CB.25(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
Boyleite7.CB.15(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
Celestine7.AD.35SrSO4
Chalcanthite7.CB.20CuSO4 · 5H2O
Copiapite7.DB.35Fe2+Fe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Gunningite7.CB.05ZnSO4 · H2O
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Hexahydrite7.CB.25MgSO4 · 6H2O
Jarosite7.BC.10KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Melanterite7.CB.35Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Rozenite7.CB.15FeSO4 · 4H2O
Zincocopiapite7.DB.35ZnFe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 18H2O
Group 9 - Silicates
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Semi-metals and non-metals
Sulphur1.3.5.1S8
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Covellite2.8.12.1CuS
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Greenockite2.8.7.2CdS
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
Wurtzite2.8.7.1(Zn,Fe)S
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:4
Linnaeite2.10.1.1Co2+Co3+2S4
Siegenite2.10.1.6CoNi2S4
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Marcasite2.12.2.1FeS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X
Ice4.1.2.1H2O
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
AB(XO3)2
Ankerite14.2.1.2Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Celestine28.3.1.2SrSO4
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Bianchite29.6.8.2(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
Boyleite29.6.6.5(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
Chalcanthite29.6.7.1CuSO4 · 5H2O
Gunningite29.6.2.5ZnSO4 · H2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Hexahydrite29.6.8.1MgSO4 · 6H2O
Melanterite29.6.10.1Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Rozenite29.6.6.1FeSO4 · 4H2O
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Jarosite30.2.5.1KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Group 31 - HYDRATED SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Miscellaneous
Copiapite31.10.5.1Fe2+Fe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Zincocopiapite31.10.5.6ZnFe3+4(SO4)6(OH)2 · 18H2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H IceH2O
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H RozeniteFeSO4 · 4H2O
H MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
H JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
H HexahydriteMgSO4 · 6H2O
H ZincocopiapiteZnFe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 18H2O
H GunningiteZnSO4 · H2O
H CopiapiteFe2+Fe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
H Boyleite(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
H Bianchite(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
OOxygen
O IceH2O
O CalciteCaCO3
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O QuartzSiO2
O BaryteBaSO4
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O RozeniteFeSO4 · 4H2O
O MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
O JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
O HexahydriteMgSO4 · 6H2O
O ZincocopiapiteZnFe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 18H2O
O GunningiteZnSO4 · H2O
O CopiapiteFe2+Fe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
O Boyleite(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
O Bianchite(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
O AnglesitePbSO4
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
O AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
O CelestineSrSO4
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
MgMagnesium
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Mg HexahydriteMgSO4 · 6H2O
Mg Boyleite(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
Mg AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
AlAluminium
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
SSulfur
S PyriteFeS2
S BaryteBaSO4
S CovelliteCuS
S GreenockiteCdS
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S Wurtzite(Zn,Fe)S
S RozeniteFeSO4 · 4H2O
S MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
S JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
S HexahydriteMgSO4 · 6H2O
S ZincocopiapiteZnFe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 18H2O
S GunningiteZnSO4 · H2O
S CopiapiteFe2+Fe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
S Boyleite(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
S Bianchite(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
S AnglesitePbSO4
S SulphurS8
S ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
S LinnaeiteCo2+Co23+S4
S CelestineSrSO4
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S MarcasiteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S SiegeniteCoNi2S4
KPotassium
K JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe RozeniteFeSO4 · 4H2O
Fe MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Fe JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Fe ZincocopiapiteZnFe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 18H2O
Fe CopiapiteFe2+Fe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 20H2O
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe MarcasiteFeS2
CoCobalt
Co LinnaeiteCo2+Co23+S4
Co SiegeniteCoNi2S4
NiNickel
Ni SiegeniteCoNi2S4
CuCopper
Cu CovelliteCuS
Cu ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn Wurtzite(Zn,Fe)S
Zn ZincocopiapiteZnFe43+(SO4)6(OH)2 · 18H2O
Zn GunningiteZnSO4 · H2O
Zn Boyleite(Zn,Mg)SO4 · 4H2O
Zn Bianchite(Zn,Fe)SO4 · 6H2O
Zn SphaleriteZnS
SrStrontium
Sr CelestineSrSO4
CdCadmium
Cd GreenockiteCdS
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
PbLead
Pb AnglesitePbSO4
Pb GalenaPbS

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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Stenian - Ectasian
1000 - 1400 Ma



ID: 3185477
Mesoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1400 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Stenian
1000 - 1200 Ma



ID: 657220
Sedimentary; Carbonate

Age: Stenian (1000 - 1200 Ma)

Description: North America, Borden Basin

Comments: Basin, cover sequence; Scott & de Kemp, 1998; St-Onge et al., 2006a, unpublished compilation, 2007-08

Lithology: Stromatolitic limestone and dolostone, dolostone conglomerate and breccia; siltstone, shale; olistostromes

Reference: J.C. Harrison, M.R. St-Onge, O.V. Petrov, S.I. Strelnikov, B.G. Lopatin, F.H. Wilson, S. Tella, D. Paul, T. Lynds, S.P. Shokalsky, C.K. Hults, S. Bergman, H.F. Jepsen, and A. Solli. Geological map of the Arctic. doi:10.4095/287868. Geological Survey of Canada Map 2159A. [2]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Gait, R.I., Dumka, D. (1986) Morphology of pyrite from the Nanisivik mine Baffin Island Northwest Territories. Canadian Mineralogist: 24: 685-688.
Gait, R.I., Robinson, G.W., Bailey, K., Dumka, D. (1990) Minerals of the Nanisivik mine Baffin Island Northwest Territories (Canada). The Mineralogical Record: 21(6): 515-534.
Dennis C. Arne, L. W. Curtis, S. A. Kissin (1991) Internal zonation in a carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposit, Nanisivik, Baffin Island, Canada. Economic Geology ; 86 (4): 699–717.
Symons, D.T.A., Symons, T.B., Sangster, T.F. (2000) Paleomagnetism of the Society Cliffs dolostone and the age of the Nanisivik zinc deposits, Baffin Island, Canada. Mineralium Deposita: 35: 672-682.
[Rocks & Minerals: 62: 115.(?)]

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