stratabound potash-bearing salt in Russian Federation

Geologic information

CountryRussian Federation
Location:108.2328, 59.2476
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Site typearea
Deposit typestratabound potash-bearing salt
Evaporite basinEast Siberian
Basin typeintracratonic basin
Geologic unitAngara Fm-Gazhen beds
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Notes:Potash mineralization confined to the SW flank of Nepa structure; abundant intrusive sills in area; potash is low in Mg and higher in Br and Rb than a seawater origin would indicate; sylvite is believed to have formed after carnallite.
Geologic map unit108.2328, 59.2476
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Economic information

StatusUnder Development (2000)
Estimates of reserves or resources
Ore tonnage1700 estMillion tonnes
K2O tonnage374 estMillion tonnes
Grade of K2O22% of ore
Data years1992
Data sourceIvanov and others (2000)

Reference information


Large deposit.


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