Zn Deposit, Inverness County
5208730 / 5208360 / 5208160
682840 / 683150 / 683150
The Mine Road leads south from the Meat Cove-Lowland
Cove Road, approximately 3.2 km west of the village of Meat
Cove (200 m west of the juncture of the road with French Brook).
The Northwest Zone is exposed along a brook valley, a short
distance west of the Mine Road, approximately 600 m south of
the juncture of the Mine Road with the Meat Cove-Lowland Cove
Road. Coordinates 2: Adit Zone The adit is located along the
Mine Road, approximately 500 m southeast of the Northwest Zone.
It was driven on a steep east dipping slope, along the south
side of a tributary of French Brook. The discovery outcrop is
located along this tributary, approximately 70 m northeast of
the adit portal. Coordinates 3: South Trench Zone Two large
trenches are found on top of the hill, approximately 200-300
m south of the Adit Portal.
The Meat Cove Deposit is primarily a Zn deposit in which
sphalerite is the dominant sulphide mineral. The sphalerite
occurs as coarse grained massive crystalline aggregates, as
disseminations, as bands and as veins. Chatterjee (1979) reported
that sphalerite commonly replaces brucite, antigorite and pyrite.
He also noted that the most significant Zn-mineralization occurs
as a replacement of forsterite bearing units within the magnesian
alteration zone. Other minerals reported to occur within the
deposit include pyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, galena, graphite,
fluorite, arsenopyrite, stannite, germanite and renierite. Pyrite,
which is the second most common sulphide mineral, occurs as
independent crystals and aggregate masses.
| sphalerite, fluorite,