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 Nova Scotia Minerals: Cassiteritespacer

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CASSITERITE

SnO2
Tin Oxide

Reeves Tin Pit, Lunenburg County
UTM (NAD27)
Zone 20
 Northing 4953870
 Easting 379700
Details:

 The Reeves Tin Pit is located 5.1 km west on the Dalhousie Road (Forties Road) from the village of New Ross, Lunenburg County. The prospect is found within the community of Forties and 0.5 km south of road on the Reeves farm. Reeves is a common name in the New Ross area. The prospect may be reached by going 80 metres south along a woods road that starts at a small man-made pond behind the barn on the Reeve's farm. At that point turn west from the woods road onto a foot path and walk southwest for 120 m to a cleared area. The prospect is located in this cleared area and in 1982 consisted of a water-filled pit, outcrops and overburden dumps (O'Reilly et al., 1982). Since 1982 the pit has been filled in by the land owner but dump material can be found laying about.

References:
NSMOD #A10-004
Further Info:

 Mineralization: Flecks of fluorite and blue-turquoise fluorapatite are common in the pegmatite and associated leucogranite that accompanies the pegmatite. The mineral assemblage that is reported to occur in the central zone of the pegmatite is impressive and includes: cassiterite, amblygonite, lepidolite, fluorite, topaz, tourmaline, beryl, wolframite, scheelite, columbite, durangite, metatorbenite, tapiolite and monazite. A Department of Mines and Energy field check reported in 1982 indicates that most of these minerals are not obvious and only fluorite, lepidolite and fluorapatite were noted (O'Reilly, et al., 1982).

Faribault (1908) reported that a pit was dug in 1903, uncovering cassiterite- and fluorite-bearing quartz boulders. Consequently, digging continued and a shaft was sunk into bedrock with work continuing for the next few years. A pit was sunk (7.5 m deep, 3.6 m long and 3 m wide) on a pegmatitic segregation within light grey leucogranite. The site has been visited by numerous persons since Faribault's time but the dyke was apparently not visible due to the water level in the pit and the fact that much of the outcrop had since been covered over by dump material.

Other Minerals:
  amblygonite, microlite, monazite, morinite, scheelite, tapiolite, topaz, tourmaline, triphylite, tungstite, wolframite, apatite, fluorapatite, beryl, columbite, durangite, fluorite, lepidolite, metatorbernite

Walker Moly Prospect, Lunenburg County
UTM (NAD27)
Zone 20
 Northing 4958460
 Easting 387970
Details:

 The Walker Moly Prospect is found 140 m south of the Vaughan-New Ross Road at the community of New Russell, Lunenburg County. New Russell is 6.4 km east of New Ross, a village on Highway 12. A swampy area and brook separates the prospect from the road, so best access is to the workings is by following a woods road along the south border of the swamp (O'Reilly et al., 1982). The woods road leads west from a secondary road that goes from the Vaughan-New Ross Road toward Round Lake. The entrance to the woods road is 100 m south of the paved Vaughan-New Ross Road. Follow the woods road west for 240 m to its terminus at the prospect.

References:
 NSMOD #A16-010,  Extensive info available, see the database.
The location for this prospect indicated on NSDNR Map 88-15 (Corey, 1988) is wrong. The correct coordinates are provided in this occurrence entry.
Further Info:

A shaft at the site is water filled and a cement cap has been placed over it for safety reasons. A waste rock dump surrounds the shaft and is heavily overgrown.
This prospect is an excellent mineral collecting location. Time spent rummaging through the waste rock dump will yield excellent specimens of molybdenite and bornite. The more exotic minerals reported from the prospect are less common and occur disseminated in the greisen selvages.

Other Minerals:
 molybdenite, gahnite, chalcopyrite, bornite, wolframite, native bismuth, uraninite, wittichenite, mawsonite

Location
UTM (NAD27)
Zone 20
 Northing 0000000
 Easting 000000
Details:
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 Cleavage: good in two directions forming prisms, poor in a third (basal)

 Colour: black or reddish brown or yellow

 Fracture: conchoidal to uneven

 Hardness: 6 - 7

 Luster: adamantine or greasy

 Streak: white, at times brownish

 Possible Useage: tin ore

 More Info: Mineral Gallery, Mineralogy Database

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