Gjerdingen

Thanks to Ragnar Salmén for getting me there 16 years ago and to Svein Arne Berge for trading what I did not find myself. Not to forget Knut Eldjarn, Gunnar Raade and Jan Haug, whose articles are the basis of the following, and again László Horváth for help with the list.

Gjerdingen is a wooded area 30 km N of Oslo, the minerals being found in blocks of ekerite along a forest road. Ekerite is an alkaline or soda granite containing aegirin and alkaliamphibole (riebeckite) with the quartz and feldspar. In the huge Oslo field (eruptive rocks from the Perm with „rift-valley“ intrusions) ekerite is very common, it changes to a syenite (nordmarkite) with reduced quartz contents.

The locality has been known early in the 20th century for elpidite and astrophyllite, however, serious work didn´t start until 1963, but continues still today. However, nobody found eudialyte so far, but again - it´s an interesting alkaline locality.

Mineral list: (Bold=type locality)

Aegirine
Albite
Allophane
Anatase
Arfvedsonite
Astrophyllite
Bastnaesite-(Ce)
Biotite
Brookite
Catapleiite (?)
Clinochlore
Cryolite
Dalyite
Elpidite
Epididymite
Ferrocolumbite
Fluorapatite
Fluorite
Gagarinite-(Y)
Galena
Gearksutite
Gibbsite
Goethite
Helvite
Hematite
Janhaugite
Kupletskite
Lorenzenite
Marcasite
Microcline
Molybdenite
Monazite-(Ce)
Montmorillonite
Muscovite
Narsarsukite
Neighborite
Nenadkevichite (labuntsovite-nenadkevichite-series))
Opal
Orthoclase
Pachnolite
Phlogopite
Pyrite
Pyrochlore
Pyrophanite
Quartz
Ralstonite
Rhodochrosite
Riebeckite
Rutile
Sellaite
Sphalerite
Stilpnomelane
Sulfur
Thomsenolite
Titanite

Zeophyllite (?)

Zircon


&:Suggested reading:

Raade,G.: Mineralogy of the miarolitic cavities in the plutonic rocks of the Oslo Region, Norway, Mineral.Record, 3(1972), pp.7-11

Raade, G., J.Haug: Rare fluorides from a soda granite in the Oslo Region, Norway, Mineral.Record, 11(1980), pp.83-91

Eldjarn,K.: Drusemineraler fra Gjerdingen i Nordmarka, NAGS-nytt, 8(1981), 2, pp.6-10 (in Norwegian)

Eldjarn,K.: Kryolitt fra Gjerdingen i Nordmarka, NAGS-nytt, 8(1981), 2, pp.11-12 (in Norwegian)

Raade,G.,J.Haug: Morphology and twinning of sellaite from Gjerdingen, Norway, Mineral.Record, 12(1981), 231-232

Raade,G., J.Haug: Gjerdingen: Fundstelle seltener Mineralien in Norwegen, LAPIS 7(1982), 6, pp.9-15 (in German)

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