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Balleswidden Mine, St Just, Cornwall, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 7' 8'' North , 5° 39' 15'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.11889,-5.65444
UK National Grid Reference:SW388308
Other regions containing this locality:St Just Mining Region, Cornwall, England, UK
Devon and Cornwall metalliferous mining district, England, UK


One of the richest tin mines in the district.

In the 20th century, the dumps were largely removed for reprocessing.

The mine produced pseudomorphs of kaolinite after orthoclase, fine-grained quartz after orthoclase and cassiterite after orthoclase (Rowe & Le Neve Foster, 1879).

Mineral List

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13 valid minerals.

Geochronology

Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
Phanerozoic
 Paleozoic
  Permian
   Guadalupian
ⓘ Major polymetallic mineralization~270 MaCornwall, England, UK
   Cisuralian
ⓘ Porphyry dikes intruded (latest age)~275 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Greisenization (latest age)~280 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Porphyry dikes intruded (earliest age)~280 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Formation of metallized pegmatites~285 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Greisenization (earliest age)~285 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Emplacement of major plutons~295 MaCornwall, England, UK

Regional Geology

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Permian - Carboniferous
252.17 - 358.9 Ma
Unnamed Igneous Intrusion, Carboniferous To Permian

Age: Paleozoic (252.17 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Felsic-rock

Reference: British Geological Survey. DiGMapGB-625. British Geological Survey ©NERC. [23]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License


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References

Rowe, T.P. and Le Neve Foster, C. (1879) Observations on Balleswidden Mine. Transactions of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall 10, 10-17.

Russell, A. (1920) On the occurrence of phenacite and scheelite at Wheal Cock, St. Just, Cornwall. Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 19, n° 88, 19-22. (lists wolframite from Balleswidden Mine.)

Dines, H.G. (1956) The Metalliferous Mining Region of South-West England. HMSO Publications (London), Vol. 1, pp. 100-102.

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