Economic potential of the greenstone belts in the Nuuk region, West Greenland

Published 11-03-2004

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) has produced a report with an up-to-date review of known mineral showings in the Nuuk region in southern West Greenland, together with a presentation and interpretation of geophysical and geochemical data and an overview of the region´s Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic geological evolution. A large amount of additional geochemical and geophysical data, geological field maps from archives of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), a large bibliography and many company reports from the region are enclosed in digital form in an accompanying DVD. The report was initiated by the Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum, Nuuk, Greenland, in order to facilitate and promote further mineral prospecting in the region. The mineral potential of the Nuuk region is promising, especially for gold, but has hitherto not been prospected accordingly. There are several generations of Archaean greenstone belts, some of which have close similarities with world class gold- and nickel-producing greenstone belts such as Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and Timmins in Canada. Besides, the Nuuk region has a good infrastructure and is easily accessible. Ocean-going vessels can operate in the large fjords all year round, and Greenland´s largest town Nuuk with its c. 15.000 inhabitants provides excellent communication, supply and repair facilities. There are frequent flight connections to Denmark, and helicopters are locally available. In addition there is a large hydropower plant with excess capacity.

The report including DVD is available from GEUS ( at a price of DKK 700 (c. USD 125) exclusive of postage.

P.W.U. Appel, A.A. Garde, M.S. Jørgensen, E. Moberg, T.M. Rasmussen, F. Schøth & A. Stenfelt 2003:
Preliminary evaluation of the economic potential of the greenstone belt in the Nuuk region. General geology and evaluation of compiled geophysical, geochemical and ore geological data.
Danmarks og Grønlands Geologiske Undersøgelse Rapport 2003/94, 147 pp. (1 DVD included)

Senior Research Scientist Peter W.U. Appel
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
Phone (direct) +45 38 14 22 14