The Ministry of Mineral Resources is pleased to announce the winners of the Mineral Hunt Campaign, Ujarassiorit 2017. Apollonie Josiassen from Nanortalik wins the first prize of DKK 55,000 (tax-free), with a sulphide-mineralized gneiss collected in Illorsuit, 20 km north of Nanortalik in South Greenland. The sample contains 0.24 % zinc and unusually high indium (0.1 %). Anomalously elevated zinc has been known from water stream samples collected during previous regional geological investigations in the southernmost part of South Greenland, but the in-situ occurrences of zinc-mineralization remained unknown. Even though the winning sample is not directly related to an in-situ, zinc mineralized locality; the analysis result indicates presence of a zinc-sulphide hosting mineralization in the area.
Zinc is a base metal, which is mostly applied as an anti-corrosion agent used in the galvanization process. Zinc is also used in the production of die-casted parts in automobile and household industry, as well as during the production of pigments in certain paints. Indium is used during the production of electrodes in LCD-displays and surface coating.
The winner of the second prize of tax-free DKK 25,000 is Arnatsiaq Nielsen Isaksen with an unidentified rock of interesting chemical composition. The sample is from a locality east to Aappilattoq in South Greenland. Analysis results showed elevated concentrations of strontium (0.31 %), rare earth elements; cerium (more than 500 g/t) and lanthanum (308 g/t) together with anomalously elevated phosphorous and thorium. The sample could indicate a previously unknown alkaline mineralization system in the area.
Two third prizes of tax free DKK 10,000 each are awarded to:
- Naja Poulsen Josefsen from Atammik, who has found a hydrothermally altered gneiss from Niaqunngunaq in Fiskefjord, West Greenland. The sample is rich in manganese (8.6 %), iron (23.3%) and barium (>1%), and contains elevated concentrations of cerium, phosphorous and yttrium. From geological point of view the sample could indicate an economically interesting hydrothermal mineralization in the area.
- Dania Semionsen from Aappilattoq, South Greenland, who has found a micaschist rich in flaky graphite in Kangersuneq Paarleq, east of Aappilattoq. There is an increasing demand worldwide for flaky graphite used in modern lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles.
Four fourth prizes of tax free DKK 5,000 each are awarded to:
- Simujoq Nathanielsen from Sermiligaaq in East Greenland, who has found a rusty gneiss with sulphide minerals in Kangertittivatsiaq, approximately 120 km northeast of Tasiilaq. The sample contains 0.23 % copper. Since currently there is limited knowledge on ore mineralizations in the Kangertittivatsiaq area, analysis results have shed some light on the area’s potential.
- Aksel Kuitse from Kulusuk in East Greenland, who has found a nickel-containing magmatic rock from Kangaarsuk, east of Kulusuk. The sample contains 0.33 % nickel and 0.16% copper. Nickel mineralizations in Tasiilaq/Ammassalik-region are known, but Aksel Kuitse’s sample is from a new locality.
- Josef Josefsen from Kapisillit, West Greenland for his sulphide-rich gneiss. The sample contains 0.35% copper, 1% strontium, and elevated concentrations of cerium and lanthanum. The previously known occurrences of copper mineralizations in the area are different in geochemical characteristics.
- Thala Nathanielsen from Sermiligaaq in East Greenland for her massive pyrrhotite from Qaarsertivaq, north of Sermiligaaq. Pyrrhotite is an iron-sulfide mineral, which occurs often in ore-mineralizations of economic importance, for example in nickel, copper, and precious metal mineralizations. Presence of massive pyrrhotite may indicate ore mineralizations in the area.
The members of the jury of the national Mineral Hunt Campaign are economic geologists from the Government of Greenland and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. From every post office, residents of Greenland can, free of charge, send in samples for further geological examination. Further information regarding Ujarassiorit can be found on the website, www.ujarassiorit.gl.
Ujarassiorit is run and financed by the Government of Greenland.
The Bank of Greenland’s Industrial Fund and Alba Resources Ltd have each contributed with DKK 40,000 to the total prize amount.
Hudson Resources Inc. and North American Nickel Inc. have each contributed with DKK 10.000 to the total prize amount.
Ministry of Mineral Resources would like to thank the sponsors of Ujarassiorit for their generous contribution.
For further information regarding Ujarassiorit and the prize winners, please contact:
Geologist Jonas Petersen on phone number +299 34 65 49 or on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org