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Namew Lake

Manitoba, Canada

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The Namew Lake Fe-Ni-Cu massive sulphide deposit is located some 60 km south of Flin Flon in Manitoba, Canada.

The deposit is hosted by an un-differentiated metapyroxenite sill enclosed within Palaeoproterozoic orthogneisses and is covered by Palaeozoic sediments.   The sill is believed to have been derived from either a low Mg komatiite or a high Mg basaltic magma.

Sulphide mineralisation is found as 3 to 10 mm blebs of disseminated Fe-Ni-Cu sulphides that accumulated during the crystallisation of olivine and pyroxene in the pyroxenite sill.   A layer of massive sulphide that is 0.5 to 5 m thick is found below the hangingwall contact.   The average content of the sulphides (recalculated to 100% sulphide) is 36% S, 42% Fe, 16% Ni, 6.1% Cu, 0.23% Zn, 148 ppm Pb, 5300 ppb Pd and 88 ppb Ir.

The sill and sulphides have been affected by up to 5 phases of deformation, and three stages of metamorphism.

Production until closure in 1993 totalled 2.57 Mt @ 0.63% Cu, 1.79% Ni, with 0.1 g/t Au, 4.1 g/t Ag, 0.5 g/t Pd, 0.6 g/t Pt.

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

The most recent source geological information used to prepare this summary was dated: 1996.    
This description is a summary from published sources, the chief of which are listed below.
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  References & Additional Information
   Selected References:
Menard T, Lesher C M, Stowell H H, Price D P, Pickell J R, Onstott T C, Hulbert L  1996 - Geology, genesis, and metamorphic history of the Namew Lake Ni-Cu deposit, Manitoba: in    Econ. Geol.   v91 pp 1394-1413


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