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Cap Blanc-Nez, Escalles, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France, Francei
Regional Level Types
Cap Blanc-NezExposure
Escalles- not defined -
Pas-de-CalaisDepartment
Hauts-de-FranceRegion
FranceCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
50° 55' 17'' North , 1° 42' 7'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Escalles332 (2016)0.9km
Sangatte4,170 (2016)4.5km
Peuplingues597 (2016)4.5km
Hervelinghen246 (2016)4.5km
Wissant1,052 (2016)4.9km
Other/historical names associated with this locality:
Cap Blanc-Nez, Escalles, Nord Pas-de-Calais, France


WARNING: Watch the tide tables before you go rock hunting!
You would not be the first trapped by the fast upcoming water. With the vertical cliffs, there is no way out.

Specimens have been found on the beach at low tide. Access to the beach via the road from Escalles. There is a German WW2 gun emplacement (now sealed up) at the access point.

The cliffs to the east of this point are named "Cap Blanc-Nez", the village is Escalles, however, both names have been used for what is essentially the same locality. Apart from the part of the cliff belonging to the community Escalles, specimens can also be found at the parts of the cliff belonging to the communities Sangatte and Strouanne.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

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7 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

'Apatite'
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Reference: Erik Vercammen collection
Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Paul De Bondt.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Paul De Bondt.
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: jean-marie CLAUDE collection
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: Paul De Bondt.
Marcasite
Formula: FeS2
Description: These marcasites are 'trapped' in massive blocks of calcite. At first they appear to be boulder of calcite, only heavier. But if you clean them, it is amazing what comes out.
Reference: Delporte F., Galvier J., Le Cleac'h J-M. (1999), Pyrite ou marcasite? L'exemple du cap Blanc-Nez, Pas-de-Calais. Le Règne Minéral, 25, 29-41.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Delporte F., Galvier J., Le Cleac'h J-M. (1999), Pyrite ou marcasite? L'exemple du cap Blanc-Nez, Pas-de-Calais, Le Règne Minéral, n°25, pp: 29-41
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Paul De Bondt.; Paul De Bondt.
Quartz var: Chalcedony
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Paul De Bondt.
Vivianite
Formula: Fe2+3(PO4)2 · 8H2O
Reference: Chollet Pascal collection

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Marcasite2.EB.10aFeS2
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Chalcedony4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Aragonite5.AB.15CaCO3
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Vivianite8.CE.40Fe2+3(PO4)2 · 8H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Apatite'-Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Marcasite2.12.2.1FeS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES
A3(XO4)2·xH2O
Vivianite40.3.6.1Fe2+3(PO4)2 · 8H2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Apatite'-Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Aragonite-CaCO3
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Quartz
var: Chalcedony
-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H VivianiteFe32+(PO4)2 · 8H2O
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C AragoniteCaCO3
OOxygen
O VivianiteFe32+(PO4)2 · 8H2O
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O CalciteCaCO3
O AragoniteCaCO3
O Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
O QuartzSiO2
O ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
FFluorine
F ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
SiSilicon
Si Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
Si QuartzSiO2
PPhosphorus
P VivianiteFe32+(PO4)2 · 8H2O
P ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
SSulfur
S MarcasiteFeS2
S PyriteFeS2
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
ClChlorine
Cl ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca AragoniteCaCO3
Ca ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
FeIron
Fe MarcasiteFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe VivianiteFe32+(PO4)2 · 8H2O
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

References

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Tambuyser, P. (1976) Morphology of the Pyrite Aggregates from Cap-Blanc-Nez, France. Mineralogical Record, 7(4), 179-181.
Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pages.
Desruelles, R. (1983) Le Cap Blanc Nez (France). Lithorama, March 1983.
Delporte, F., Galvier, J., Le Cleac'h, J.M. (1999) Pyrite ou marcasite? L'exemple du Cap Blanc-Nez, Pas de Calais, France. Le Règne Minéral, 25, 29-41.
Holbecq, A. (2003) Les nodules sédimentaires du Cap Blanc-Nez (Pas de Calais): Pyrite ou marcasite. Minéraux et Fossiles, 29(321), 24-32.

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Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap_Blanc-Nez
Wikidata ID:Q1034143

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