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Bråstad Fe Mines, Øyestad, Arendal Iron Mines, Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norwayi
Regional Level Types
Bråstad Fe MinesGroup of Mines
ØyestadMunicipality (Historical)
Arendal Iron MinesGroup of Mines

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
58° 27' 48'' North , 8° 42' 5'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Group of Mines
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
Arendal30,916 (2017)4.1km
Rykene647 (2013)7.0km
Fevik4,989 (2014)9.6km
Grimstad9,561 (2017)15.1km
Tvedestrand1,975 (2016)22.1km
Other/historical names associated with this locality:
Braastad gruver
Other Languages:
Bråstad gruver, Øyestad, Arendal jerngruver, Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norge

Proterozoic skarn iron ore belonging to the Bråstad-Omholt Mining Field W of Arendal. The Bråstad Fe mines were among the largest and most important of the Fe-mines in Arendal municipality. It was closed down in 1975. Most of the mining dumps have now been completely removed to be used for road construction. Many of the mines are now filled with much garbage.
The mining area covers 600 x 600m and more than 40 mines and prospects are registered.
The mines, shafts, and prospects belonging to the Bråstad Mines are concentrated in 2 main areas:
- The oldest ones located between Slottetjenn and Bergtjenn, among these are Katte, Østre Zugge, Vestre Zugge, Tre Brødre, Hvalfisk and Lille Langgruve Mines.
- The other area is located more to the SW. Among these are the Hesterumpe, Gamle Langgruve, Gyldenløwe, Antoinette, Erlands gruve, Skoggruva, Ovnsgruva, Treschow, Charlotte Mines, and a large number of smaller prospects.

The mining periods:

The history of Bråstad mines

Period Worked by Producing mines
1650-1882 Fritzøe ironwork
1906-1907 A/S Malmexport Gyldenløwe and Antoinette Mines
1916-1921 A/S Braastad Jerngruber Gyldenløwe and Antoinette Mines
1941 ?
1952-1975 Christiania Spigerverk

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
Fennoscandian ShieldShield

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8 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

'Amphibole Supergroup'
Formula: AX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
Reference: Uwe Kolitsch collection
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Reference: Uwe Kolitsch collection
Formula: Ca2(Fe,Mn)FeSi5O14(OH)
Reference: Weibye, P. C. (1848): Beiträge zur topograpischen Mineralogie Norwegens. Archiv für Mineralogie, Geognosie, Bergbau und Hüttenkunde. 22: 465-544
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Uwe Kolitsch collection
Formula: Mg9(SiO4)4F2
Reference: Neumann, H. (1985): Norges Mineraler. Norges geologiske Undersøkelse Skrifter 68, p. 147
Formula: Na(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Reference: Kolitsch, U., Husdal, T. A., Brandstätter, F. & Ertl, A. (2011) : New crystal-chemical data for members of the tourmaline group from Norway: occurences of fluor-schorl and luinaite-(OH). Norsk Bergverksmuseum Skrift 46, 17-24.
Formula: {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Reference: Alan Goldstein specimen and photo.
'Garnet Group'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
Reference: Uwe Kolitsch collection
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm # 19252891
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Weibye, P. C. (1848): Beiträge zur topograpischen Mineralologie Norwegens. Archiv für Mineralogie, Geognosie, Bergbau und Hüttenkunde. 22: 465-544
Formula: CaTi(SiO4)O
Reference: Holm,C. (1824): Samlinger til Norges topographiske Mineralogie 1: Fortegnelse over de i Omegnen af Arendal forekommende Fossilier. Nyt Magazin for Naturvidenskaberne, 2: 111-115

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Group 9 - Silicates
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Amphibole Supergroup'-AX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Group 52 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] coordination only
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] and/or >[6] coordination
Group 58 - SOROSILICATES Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups
Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups with cations in [6] and higher coordination; single and double groups (n = 1, 2)
Group 61 - CYCLOSILICATES Six-Membered Rings
Six-Membered Rings with borate groups
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=5
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Amphibole Supergroup'-AX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3

List of minerals for each chemical element

H Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
H BabingtoniteCa2(Fe,Mn)FeSi5O14(OH)
H DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
H Amphibole SupergroupAX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
H ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
B DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
C CalciteCaCO3
O Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
O BabingtoniteCa2(Fe,Mn)FeSi5O14(OH)
O QuartzSiO2
O TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
O ClinohumiteMg9(SiO4)4F2
O DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
O CalciteCaCO3
O Amphibole SupergroupAX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
O Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
O ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
F ClinohumiteMg9(SiO4)4F2
F Amphibole SupergroupAX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
F ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Na DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Mg ClinohumiteMg9(SiO4)4F2
Mg DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Al Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Al DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Al Amphibole SupergroupAX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
Si Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Si BabingtoniteCa2(Fe,Mn)FeSi5O14(OH)
Si QuartzSiO2
Si TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Si ClinohumiteMg9(SiO4)4F2
Si DraviteNa(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Si Amphibole SupergroupAX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
Si Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
P ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
S SphaleriteZnS
Cl Amphibole SupergroupAX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
Cl ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Ca Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Ca BabingtoniteCa2(Fe,Mn)FeSi5O14(OH)
Ca TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Ti TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Ti Amphibole SupergroupAX2Z5((Si,Al,Ti)8O22)(OH,F,Cl,O)2
Mn BabingtoniteCa2(Fe,Mn)FeSi5O14(OH)
Fe Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Fe BabingtoniteCa2(Fe,Mn)FeSi5O14(OH)
Zn SphaleriteZnS

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 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3186372
Proterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Proterozoic (541 - 2500 Ma)

Lithology: Granitoid gneiss; orthogneiss/paragneiss

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]

Mesoproterozoic - Paleoproterozoic
1000 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3135900
Proterozoic I quartzite

Age: Proterozoic (1000 - 2500 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Major:{quartzite}, Minor{mica schist,marble,amphibolite}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

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


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