Mengyejing District

halokinetic potash-bearing salt in China

Geologic information

Location:101.6583, 22.6333
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Site typegrouped mines/occurrences
Deposit typehalokinetic potash-bearing salt
Evaporite basinSimao
Basin typecontinental rift basin
Geologic unitMengyejing Fm
Upper Cretaceous-Paleocene
Maximum:Mesozoic-Cretaceous-Upper Cretaceous
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Notes:Alternate layers of halite with clay gravel; 68 potash beds (mostly <1 m thick) in 10 zones; Simao depression connects to Lanping depression to north and Vientiane Basin to south outside of China.
Geologic map unit101.6583, 22.6333
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Economic information

StatusActive Production
Estimates of reserves or resources
K2O tonnage8.7Million tonnes
Data sourceKamitani and others (2007)

Reference information


Garrett, D.E., 1996, Potash; Deposits, processing, properties and uses: New York, Chapman and Hall, 734 p.
Kamitani, M., Okumura, K., Teraoka, Y., Miyano, S., and Watanabe, Y., 2007, Mineral resources map of East Asia: Geological Survey of Japan, scale 1:3,000,000.
Wen Lu, 1998, Chinese industrial minerals: Worcester Park, United Kingdom, Industrial Minerals Information Ltd., 210 p.
Williams-Stroud, S.C., Searls, J.P., and Hite, R.J., 1994, Potash resources, in Carr, D.D., ed., Industrial minerals and rocks: Littleton, Colo., Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, p. 783-802.
Yuan Jianqi, Cai Keqin, Tao Weiping, Wang Qingming, Shuai Kaiye, Peng Shengfeng, Li Runmin, Wei Dongyan, and Zhang Youxun, 1996, Salt deposits of China, in Mineral deposits of China: Beijing, Geological Publishing House, v. 4, p. 168-234.