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Waterbank Mine, Back of Ecton, Ecton, Staffordshire, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 53° 6' 54'' North , 1° 50' 52'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 53.11500,-1.84778
GeoHash:G#: gcqwjvq3r
UK National Grid Reference:SK102576
Other regions containing this locality:The Pennines, England, UK
West Midlands, England, UK
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Waterbank mine may have been at work from the late 1730's. Since that date this small mine has been worked at various dates from 1836. The last reference to the mine was in 1891 when the machinery was sold. Waterbank mine was developed by a sough (adit), and by at least 3 shafts, one to the 45 fathom level.

Note: A number of undefined minerals have been found at this mine since the late 1980's.
- XRD and SEM of a yellow mineral indicated a possible intermediate between otavite and smithsonite.
- A number of supposed schulenbergite specimens when subjected to XRD could not be ascribed to this species.
- A blue-green crystalline mineral could not be identified by XRD. Electron probe work has indicated that mineral contains major Zn with some Cu, S, P, Si, Na, and Pb.

Mineral List

38 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Late Carboniferous
298.9 - 323.2 Ma

ID: 3160893
Late Carboniferous sandstone

Age: Pennsylvanian (298.9 - 323.2 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{sandstone}, Minor{siltstone,mudstone}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

Bashkirian - Tournaisian
315.2 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 2035761
Bowland High Group And Craven Group (Undifferentiated)

Age: Carboniferous (315.2 - 358.9 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Bowland High Group; Craven Group

Lithology: Limestone

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

Early Carboniferous
323.2 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 3186080
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mississippian (323.2 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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- UKJMM No. 15, 1995. Waterbank Mine, Ecton, Staffordshire.
- Steve A. Rust.

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