stratabound potash-bearing salt in Belarus

Geologic information

Location:28.5548, 52.134
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Site typedeposit
Deposit typestratabound potash-bearing salt
Evaporite basinPripyat
Basin typecontinental rift basin
Geologic unitLebedyan Horizon
Upper Devonian
Minimum:Paleozoic-Devonian-Upper Devonian-Famennian
Maximum:Paleozoic-Devonian-Upper Devonian-Famennian
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Geologic map unit28.5548, 52.134
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Economic information

CompanyBelaruskali (2011)
Estimates of reserves or resources
Ore tonnage1) 1989 tot; 2) 1280 Mt; 3) 1170 MtMillion tonnes
K2O tonnage1) 415 tot; 2) 435; 3) 164Million tonnes
Grade of K2O1) 20.9; 2) 20.1; 3) 14% of ore
Data years1) 2011
Data source1) Belarus Min. of the Economy (2011); 2) Garetskiy and others (1984); 3) Troitsky and others (1998)

Reference information


Belarus Ministry of the Economy, 2011, The advisory about carrying out of the first stage of tender for choice of the investor for commercial development of the Petrikov deposit of potash salts together with building up of ore mining and dressing complex: Minsk, Belarus Ministry of Economy Web page accessed November 2, 2011, at Telegraph Agency, 2011a, Belarus to rack up extraction of potash fertilizers: Belarusian Telegraph Agency press release, December 8, 2011, 1 p., accessed January 28, 2012, at, W.J., Bawiec, W.J., Doebrich, J.L., Lipin, B.R., Miller, R.J., Orris, G.J., and Zientek, M.L., 2005, Geology and nonfuel mineral deposits of Greenland, Europe, Russia, and northern central Asia: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report OF 2005-1294D, 173 p., accessed September 6, 2012, at
Rundkvist, D.V., ed., 2001, Mineragenetic map of Russian Federation and adjacent states (within the boundaries of former USSR): Ministry of Natural Resources of Russian Federation, State Research and Development Enterprise "Aerogeologica", 49 p., 1 map on 18 sheets, scale 1:2,500,000.
Troitsky, Vladimir; Petrov, Igor; and Grishaev, Sergey, 1998, Industrial minerals of the CIS: Worcester Park, England, Industrial Minerals Information Ltd., 135 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.
Garetskiy, R.G., Kichkina, M.S., Kruchek, S.A., Makhnach, A.S., Pap, A.M., Urjev, I.I., Khonich, P.Z., Vysotskiy, E.A., Zingerman, A.Ya., Zykov, I.A., Kislik, V.Z., Narodetskaya, A.D., Petrova, N.S., Sedun, E.V., Fomina, V.D., 1984, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, in Garetskiy, R.G. and others, eds., International Geological Congress XXVII session excursions 024 - Glacial deposits of Byelorussia, 15 - Byelorussian potassium-bearing basin: Minsk, Nauka i Tekhnika, International Geological Congress, 27th, Moscow, 1984, [Field trip guidebook], 75 p.