stratabound potash-bearing salt in Canada

Geologic information

Location:-107.0916, 52.0088
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Site typemine
Deposit typestratabound potash-bearing salt
Evaporite basinElk Point
Basin typeintracratonic basin
Geologic unitPrairie Evaporite-Patience Lake Mbr
Middle Devonian
Minimum:Paleozoic-Devonian-Middle Devonian-Givetian
Maximum:Paleozoic-Devonian-Middle Devonian-Givetian
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Notes:Potash horizon is below 15 m of salt.
Geologic map unit-107.0916, 52.0088
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Economic information

StatusActive Production
CompanyAgrium (2009)
First year1969
Ore tonnage121Million tonnes
K2O tonnage29.6Million tonnes
Grade of K2O24.44% of ore
Data yearsto 2009(?)
Data sourceMackintosh (2009)
Estimates of reserves or resources
Ore tonnage437.7 tot recMillion tonnes
K2O tonnage108 tot recMillion tonnes
Grade of K2O24.73% of ore
Data sourceMackintosh (2009)

Reference information


32 km W of Saskatoon; all stated production, reserves, and resources in Patience Lake Mbr.


Barry, G.S., 1989, Canadian potash, 1980-2000: Canada Energy, Mines and Resources, 117 p.
Kelley, L., 2001, Industrial minerals in Saskatchewan; An overview of geology, production and prospects, in Dunlop, S., and Simandl, G.J., eds., Industrial minerals in Canada: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Special Volume 53, p. 75-83.
Mackintosh, A.D., 2009, Technical report potash mineral reserves and resources, Agrium, Vanscoy Potash operations, Vanscoy, Saskatchewan: Calgary, Agrium, 116 p.
Roskill Information Services Ltd., 1989, The economics of potash (2d ed.): London, Roskill Information Services Ltd., 121 p.
Saskatchewan Energy and Mines, 1991, Mineral resources of Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Energy and Mines Miscellaneous Report 91-5, 76 p.
Smith, M., 1982, Potash; Optimism prevails despite market gloom: Industrial Minerals, no. 176, p. 45-51.
Worsley, Neil, and Fuzesy, Anne, 1979, The potash-bearing members of the Devonian Prairie Evaporite of southeastern Saskatchewan, south of the mining area: Economic Geology, v. 74, no. 2, p. 377-388.