stratabound potash-bearing salt in Belarus

Geologic information

Location:27.5598, 52.8168
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Site typegrouped mines/occurrences
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 unit27.5598, 52.8168
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Economic information

Thickness2-7; 1-4; 4.5; 25-35m
Depth350-620; 370-700; 350-1200; 600-1335m
StatusActive Production (2012)
CompanyBelaruskali (2012)
First year1963
K2O tonnage1000Million tonnes
Data years1963-2003
Data sourceDakuko (2003)
Estimates of reserves or resources
Ore tonnage1) 4420; 2) 7200 A+B+C1+C2; 3) 3370Million tonnes
K2O tonnage1) 670; 2) 1130; 3) 800Million tonnes
Grade of K2O1) 15; 2) 15.7; 3) 15% of ore
Data source1) Garetsky and others (1982); 2) Garetsky and others (1984); Troitsky and others (1998)

Reference information


Starobin mining complex reached 1000 Mt production in 2003.


British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 1975, World survey of potash resources (2d ed.): London, British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 148 p.
British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 1984, World survey of potash resources (4th ed.): London, British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 145 p.
Derevyankin, Y., Ivanova, N., and Derevyankina, L., 1998, Gold in potash ores of the Starobin deposit: Fizykochemiczne Problemy Mineralurgii, v. 32, p. 275-280.
Garrett, D.E., 1996, Potash; Deposits, processing, properties and uses: New York, Chapman and Hall, 734 p.
Korenevskiy, S.M., 1990, Lithotypes of potassium-bearing formations: Lithology and Mineral Resources, v. 25, no. 2, p. 99-106.
Petrychenko, O.Y., and Peryt, T.M., 2004, Geochemical conditions of deposition in the Upper Devonian Prypiac' and Dnipro-Donets evaporite basins (Belarus and Ukraine): The Journal of Geology, v. 112, p. 577-592.
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.
Zharkov, M.A., 1984, Paleozoic salt bearing formations of the world: New York, Springer-Verlag, 427 p.
Dakuko, Nikolai, 2003, Technical and technological development of PA Belaruskali, in IFA Production and International Trade Conference and Regional Conference for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, St. Petersburg, Russia, September 22-26, 2003, Proceedings: Paris, International Fertilizer Industry Association, 10 p. (Also available at
Garetskiy, R.G., Kislik, V. Z., Vysotskiy, E. A., Eroshina, D. M., Petrov, N.S., Obrovets, S. M., Sedun, E. V., and Protasevich, B. A., 1982, Devonskiye solenosnyye formatsii Pripyatskogo progiba [The Devonian saliferous formations of the Pripyat basin]: Minsk, Nauka Tekhnika, 207 p.
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.