Geology and Ore 18, 2011

Sediment-hosted copper in Greenland

Assessment of potential and undiscovered Cu deposits

With the growing world population and with the technological advances, copper will continue to be a very important commodity. The mineral potential of Greenland is underexplored. However, this magazine illustrates that Greenland could hold a good potential for undiscovered Cu deposits. Especially the large sedimentary successions in Greenland are favourable for sediment-hosted copper occurrences. Occurrences related to the Reduced-facies (Kupferschiefer) Cu, Redbed Cu, Revett Cu and Volcanic Redbed Cu types have all been discovered in Greenland. However, in most cases the known occurrences have only seen very limited investigation as only few exploration campaigns have been focused on copper.