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TitleRocks and minerals for the collector: Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, the Island of Newfoundland, and Labrador
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorSabina, A P
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Miscellaneous Report 58, 2003, 304 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceQuebec; Newfoundland and Labrador
NTS11N/05; 11N/11; 11N/12; 1K; 1L; 1M; 1N; 2C; 2D; 2E; 2F; 2M; 11O; 11P; 12A; 12B; 12G; 12H; 12I; 12P; 13; 14C; 14D; 14E; 14F; 14L; 14M; 24I/01; 24I/02; 24I/15; 24I/16; 24P/01; 24P/02; 24P/07; 24P/08; 24P/09; 24P/10; 24P/15; 24P/16; 25A/01; 25A/02; 25A/03; 25A/07; 25A/08
AreaÎles de la Madeleine
Lat/Long WENS -62.0000 -61.0000 47.7500 47.2500
Lat/Long WENS -60.0000 -52.0000 52.0000 46.5000
Lat/Long WENS -66.0000 -54.0000 61.0000 51.5000
Subjectsmetallic minerals; industrial minerals; minerals; mines; fossils; mineralization; quarries; labradorite; soapstone; gypsum; fluorite; selenite; pyrophyllite; quartz; barite; jasper; anorthosites; Quaternary; Mesozoic; Paleozoic; Proterozoic
Illustrationssketch maps; photographs
Released2003 06 01; 2014 01 24
AbstractThis booklet describes mineral and rock collecting localities in the Îles de la Madeleine (Quebec), the Island of Newfoundland, and Labrador. A variety of mineral, rock, and fossil collecting sites await the tourist, the amateur and professional mineralogist, and the lobbyist. The Îles de la Madeleine provide several varieties of gypsum, calcite, and quartz crystals, and specularite, pyrite, epidote, magnetite, dolomite, and manganese minerals. Fossils of late Paleozoic age are found in some localities. Recent exploration resulted in the discovery of natural gas and salt deposits. Mining activity in Newfoundland and Labrador began two centuries ago. The province is Canada's sole producer of pyrophyllite. Other operating mines yield iron, gypsum, asbestos, gold, base metals, limestone, and silica. Mining in the past produced copper, lead, antimony, arsenic, fluorite, barite, and coal. Both the inactive and active mines provide mineral collecting sites; other occurrences furnish celestine, quartz crystals, beryl, scheelite, prehnite, and manganese minerals. For the gem-cutter or sculptor, there is amethyst, xonotlite, labradorite, hypersthene and jasper, and a variety of ornamental rocks including pyrophyllite,
chrome-mica rock ('virginite'), marble, granite, and volcanic rocks. Rock cuts along highways and shoreline exposures contain cavities lined with tiny crystals of quartz, pyrite, and other minerals suitable for micro-mounting. Most localities are readily accessible and can be reached by automobile and a short hike and, less commonly, by boat. The localities in Labrador are reached by boat, by air, or by snowmobile.

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