Greenland mining history told with a new stamp issue

January 25th, 2015 got info that Greenland Post is to release the last two stamps in Ina Rosing's colourful series showcasing Greenland's mining history. The two stamps include designs from two mineral resource extremes: the classical mineral resource gold, and the lesser known commodity, the industrial mineral olivine. The issue is to be released and put into circulation on the 19th of January.

Gold Mine, Nalunaq, Nanortalik

The gold mine 'Nalunaq' has existed since 26th August 2004. Nalunaq – meaning 'a place that is difficult to find'- was the name of Greenland's first gold mine. Since the 1970's significant gold deposits have been found and recorded in many parts of Greenland without this having led to actual mining taking place. The find of Nalunaq deposit is the result of solid geolo-gical work that encompassed 10 years of studies prior to commencing mining. A milestone was definitely reached in Greenland 2004 by the opening of a new mine after 14 years of stagnation – Greenland could, once again, be called a mining country.

Olivine Mine, Seqi, Fiskefjord

The Seqi olivine rock deposit was discovered as a result of the Kryolitselskabet Øresund's exploration, which took place between 1965–1971. The name 'Seqi' was formed from an abbreviation of the name Seqin-nersuusaaq.

A bulk sample of 12.5 tonnes of the olivine rock was collected as part of the survey and its quality and potential for commercial exploitation was assessed as being most positive. The intended use of olivine was as a slag in iron smelting in Sweden. Different companies have investigated the rock olivine, which ended in 2004 when the Swedish Minelco Group AB took over the exploration. From 2005 the Seqi olivine could officially begin as a so-called 'open pit' mine. The olivine deposit's size would yield at least 100 mil- lion tonnes of ore, which meant that there was suffi- cient resource to last for at least 25 years of production at the site.

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