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The Tellnes ilmenite deposit is located in the Sokndal district of far south-west of Norway, some 120 km south-west of Oslo.

The orebody occurs as an ilmenite bearing 931 ±3 Ma norite lense emplaced within the 200 sq. km Åna-Sira massif anorthosite of the 930 to 920 Ma Rogaland Anorthosite Province.   The Rogaland Anorthosite Province is an anorthosite-mangerite-charnockite igneous complex of Late-Proterozoic age, characterized by huge anorthosite bodies. It is is part of the Sveconorwegian orogenic province, correlated with the Grenville province in North America. The Rogaland anorthosites and associated Ti-Fe deposits were emplaced during post-collisional magmatic activity period and outcrops in the southwestern part of the Sveco-norwegian orogenic belt. It was intruded into various ortho- and paragneiss complexes that were metamorphosed to granulite facies. Some 70% of the complex lies below the North Sea. The main geological units recognized on-shore are three anorthosite plutons, the Egersund-Ogna, Håland-Helleren and Åna-Sira anorthosites, and the Bjerkreim-Sokndal intrusion, a folded layered body which comprises a thick series of anorthosite-(leuco)norite-mangerite cumulates capped by massive acidic rocks (quartz mangerite and charnockite). Other less significant components of the Rogaland Anorthosite Province include: i). two leuconorite outliers along the eastern border of the complex; ii). dykes and small jotunitic plutons that cut across the anorthosite bodies and the cumulate series of the Bjerkreim-Sokndal intrusion; and iii). numerous Ti-Fe deposits, which are mainly found in the Håland-Helleren and Åna-Sira anorthosites.

The Tellnes orebody is intrusive into the Åna-Sira anorthosite, the easternmost of the Rogaland anorthosite plutons, which is mainly composed of coarse-grained anorthosite, but also includes more leuco-noritic parts, as well as anorthosito-leuconoritic complexes. The Åna-Sira anorthosite is dome-shaped, with a minimum thickness from gravity data of about 4 km and age of 932±3 Ma from U-Pb dates from zircons.

The sickle shaped 2700 x 450 m Tellnes orebody is intrusive into the surrounding Åna-Sira anorthosite with sharp contacts, numerous cross-cutting apophyses, intrusive breccias and contains xenoliths of the surrounding anorthosite. The three-dimensional shape of the orebody is that of a SE-plunging elongated trough, whose NE and SW flanks dip, respectively, 45 to 50° SW and from almost vertical to NE. On its two extremities it thins into 5 to 10 m thick dykes which range in composition from monzo-norite to quartz-mangerite.   These lateral dykes extend for a further 4 km to the NW and 10 km to the SE.

The orebody has a relatively uniform composition.   The dominant petrographic facies is a medium-grained ilmenite-rich norite, mainly made up of plagioclase, hemo-ilmenite and orthopyroxene, with subordinate biotite, magnetite, olivine, apatite and at least 22 other accessory minerals in minor to trace amounts, including complex Fe- Ni-(Co)-Cu sulphides and clinopyroxene.

The principal non-silicate minerals are:   Ilmenite, magnetite, chalcopyrite, millerite and pentlandite, with wolframite, pitchblende, chromite, pyrochlore,

Tellnes accounts for up to 13% of the world's annual supply of TiO2 pigment. The ore has an average composition of 39% ilmenite, 2% magnetite, 35% plagioclase, 15% hypersthene, 3.4% biotite and 3.5% accessories. The orebody covers a surface area of 570 000 sq. m.

Production from 1960 to 1999 amounted to:   10.6 Mt of TiO

Reserves in 2000 were approximately:   380 Mt @ 18 % TiO
2   for   68.4 Mt of TiO2.

For more detail consult the reference(s) listed below.

The most recent source geological information used to prepare this summary was dated: 2003.    
This description is a summary from published sources, the chief of which are listed below.
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  References & Additional Information
   Selected References:
Diota H, Bolleb O, Lambertb J-M, Launeauc P and Duchesne J-C,  2003 - The Tellnes ilmenite deposit (Rogaland, South Norway): magnetic and petrofabric evidence for emplacement of a Ti-enriched noritic crystal mush in a fracture zone: in    J. of Structural Geology   v25 pp 481501
Wilmart E, Demaiffe D, Duchesne J C  1989 - Geochemical constraints on the genesis of the Tellnes Ilmenite deposit, southwest Norway: in    Econ. Geol.   v84 pp 1047-1056

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