The Naalakkersuisut, Greenland’s self-rule authority, has granted Dundas Titanium permission to extract ilmenite on the seaside of Moriusaq, in northwestern Greenland.
Ilmenite, also called manaccanite, is a titanium-iron oxide mineral. Ilmenite is the principle supply of titanium dioxide, which is utilized in paints, printing inks, materials, plastics, paper, sunscreen, meals and cosmetics.
In 1791 William Gregor found ilmenite, in a stream that runs by way of the valley simply south of the village of Manaccan (Cornwall), and recognized for the primary time titanium as one of many constituents of ilmenite.
The mining mission at Moriusaq has been granted a allow which is legitimate for 30 years. The allow an space of 64 sq. kilometers between Qaanaaq and Savissivik.
Mining actions ought to start no later than by 12 months’s finish in 2025.
The ilmenite-bearing black sand can also be typically refered to as ‘heavy mineral sands’ because of the mineral ilmentite being a dense (heavy) mineral. Other ‘heavy minerals’ within the black sandin the mission space are magnetite (iron-oxide mineral), pyroxene and amphibole (silicate minerals). In addition to the heavy mineral assemblage recognized above, the black sands within the mission space additionally comprise a better proportion of lighter colored and fewer dense however non-valuable ‘regular sand’ minerals reminiscent of quartz, feldspars and micas and many others. None of the sands within the mission space are reactive in any manner. There aren’t any dangerous poisonous heavy metals or radioactive isotopes current in these seaside sand deposits.
The Dundas Ilmenite Project is owned by Dundas Titanium A/S, an organization registered in Greenland. Dundas Titanium A/S owns 100% of the present exploration license (quantity 2015/08) and has been answerable for all of the exploration work on the web site carried out during the last three years. Dundas Titanium is 100 % owned by Bluejay Mining plc, an organization registred within the United Kingdom.
Greenland is a extremely potential but underexplored rising mining vacation spot, with prolific areas of mineralisation now accessible on account of local weather modifications. With a authorities centered on growing a useful resource primarily based financial system, Greenland is establishing itself as the brand new mining vacation spot.
(Source: Dundas/Wikipedia/Bluejay – Image: preliminary works for ilmenite mining in northern Greenland)
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