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TitleRocks and minerals for the Collector: northeastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Prince Edward Island
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorSabina, A P
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Paper 65-10, 1965, 76 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is superceded by Rocks and minerals for the collector, northeastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, and Prince Edward Island
File formatpdf
ProvinceNova Scotia; Prince Edward Island
NTS11N; 11L; 11K; 11E; 11M; 11F; 11D; 11C
AreaCape Breton Island
Lat/Long WENS-61.3072 -59.7569 46.6278 45.7658
Subjectsregional geology; mineralogy; fossil distribution, geographic; mineral occurrences; mines
Released1965 01 01; 2015 07 02
AbstractOccurrences of minerals, rocks, and fossils are described from seventy-five easily accessible localities in northeastern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. A few rocks and minerals are suitable for ornamental purposes, but the majority of the de posits furnish specimen material only. Gem minerals are not known in the area.
In the area between Dartmouth and the Strait of Canso, there are numerous old gold mines and a few copper, lead, tungsten, and iron mines. Good specimens of specularite, siderite, arsenopyrite, and andalusite can be collected. In the Antigonish-Amherst region, attractive specimens of copper -bearing plant fossils are found in old copper mines. Other deposits include hematite, barite, celestite, agalmatolite, diatomite, and limestone.
In Cape Breton there are numerous deposits of gypsum and limestone, including crystalline and shell limestones. Metallic-mineral specimens can be obtained from old lead, zinc, copper, and bismuth mines. Attractive barite-fluorite specimens are found in old mines near Lake Ainslie. Two ornamental-type rocks suitable for the lapidary are described: Mainadieu felsite breccia and Scotch Lake serpentine-bearing crystalline limestone.
Shoreline exposure s of sedimentary rocks in Prince Edward Island provide specimens of mineralized fossil plant remains. Good specimens of barite, crystalline quartz, and hematite are found at a locality near Charlottetown, and an uncommon copper mineral-paratacamite-occurs near Summerside.

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