Levack West Nickel Mine

Past Producer in Ontario, Canada with commodities Nickel, Copper, PGE, Platinum, Palladium, Iridium, Osmium, Rhodium, Gold, Cobalt, Sulfur, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10039294
MRDS ID M046914
Record type Site
Current site name Levack West Nickel Mine
Alternate or previous names Levack West

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -81.39979, 46.64999 (WGS84)
Relative position 22 MILES NW OF SUDBURY
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Geographic areas

Country State
Canada Ontario

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Nickel Primary
Copper Primary
PGE Secondary
Platinum Secondary
Palladium Secondary
Iridium Secondary
Osmium Secondary
Rhodium Secondary
Gold Tertiary
Cobalt Tertiary
Sulfur Tertiary
Zinc Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Hessite Ore
Millerite Ore
Pentlandite Ore
Pyrrhotite Ore
Sperrylite Ore

Analytical data

Result PD TO PT RATIO AVG = 45 TO 54 NI TO CU RATIO IN GRANITE BRECCIA ORE ZONE = 5 TO 2VARIES LOCALLY. AVERAGE CONCENTRATION, METALS, ALL ORE TYPES, PPB: RH = 186 PD = 1253 PT = 1154 IR = 47 OS = 22 AVERAGE CONCENTRATION, METALS, ALL ORE TYPES, WEIGHT PERCENT: CU = 3.7 NI = 5.6NI TO CU RATIO IN GRANITE BRECCIA ORE ZONE= 5 TO 2, VARIES LOCALLY. AVERAGE CONCENTRATION METALS, ALL ORE TYPES, PPB: RH= 186
Result PD=1253
Result PT=1154
Result IR=47
Result OS=22 AVERAGE CONCENTRATION METALS, ALL ORE TYPES, WEIGHT %: CU=3.7
Result NI=5.6

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Gabbro > Norite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -81.39979, 46.64999

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Cu-Rich Stringer Ore In Levack Breccia Zone.

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR
    Strike NE
    Dip SE
    Thickness 152.4M
    Depth to bottom 396.24M
    Depth to top 243.84M
    Width 406.3M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Brecciation And Embayment Of Granite In Footwall Of Sudbury Irruptive.

Comments on the geologic information

  • OREBODY LIES BETWEEN HANGING WALL OF BASAL MAFIC, FELSIC NORITES OF MAIN SUDBURY ERRUPTIVE AND FOOTWALL OF BRECCIATED GRANODIORITE, GRANODIORITE GNEISS AND MIGMATITES (LEVACK COMPLEX). ORE IS EITHER MASSIVE OR DISSEMINATED.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic
Significant No
Year of first production 1974

Mining district

District name Sudbury District

Ownership information

  • Type Owner-Operator
    Owner International Nickel Co. Of Canada, Ltd. (Inco)
    Home office Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Comments on the production information

  • PRODUCTION BEGAN JAN. 1974 . CAPACITY OF THE MINE 1,310,000 MILLION TONS PER YEAR.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M046914

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    CABRI AND LAFLAMME, 1976 , PGM FROM DEPOSITS IN SUDBURY: ECON GEOL V. 71 , NO. 7

  • Deposit

    MINING INTERNATIONAL YEARBOOK, 1978 : THE FINANCIAL TIMES, LONDON, P. 304

  • Deposit

    EMJ INTERNAT. DIRECTORY MINES AND MINERAL PROCESSING, 1976 , ENG. MIN. JOUR. P. 195

  • Deposit

    HOFFMAN, NALDRETT, ALCOCK, AND HANCOCK, 1979, THE NOBLE METAL CONTENT OF ORE IN THE LEVACK WEST AND LITTLE STOBIE MINES, ONTARIO: CANADIAN MINERALOGIST, V. 17, P. 437

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit OREBODY SUBDIVIDED INTO TWO MAIN ZONES, GRANITE BRECCIA AND LEVACK BRECCIA ZONES. LATTER ZONE DEPLEATED IN RH, IR,OS, RU, AND IS ENRICHED IN COPPER COMPARED TO THE FORMER ZONE.A N70 CU-RICH STRINGER ORE IN LEVANCK BRECCIA ZONE.
Deposit 33 ORE SAMPLES COLLECTED AT LEVACK WEST. EACH COMPO SITE OF MANY SAMPLES OF AN ORE TYPE FROM A PARTICULAR SECTION OF MINE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-NOV-1978 Blair, Will N. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-NOV-1979 Oster, Karel L. U.S. Geological Survey