Fact Sheet 6, 2004

Gold in the Nuuk region of West Greenland

The mineral potential of the Nuuk region is promising, especially for gold, although the region is in an early stage of exploration.

Presently, gold is the most prospective of the metals with potential for future exploitation within the Nuuk region. The high crustal level of the terrane, the occurrence of greenstone belts and the long geological history with recurrent events of granite magmatism, shearing and faulting renders a NNE-trending zone from Nuuk to Isukasia favourable for gold mineralisation. There are several generations of Archaean greenstone belts, some of which have close similarities with world class goldproducing greenstone belts in Western Australia and in Canada.