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Normandie mine, Saint-Joseph-de-Coleraine, Les Appalaches RCM, Chaudière-Appalaches, Québec, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° 1' 44'' North , 71° 24' 12'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 46.02889,-71.40361
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Mine Normandie, Saint-Joseph-de-Coleraine, MRC des Appalaches, Chaudière-Appalaches, Québec, Canada

Formerly: Normandie Mine, Coleraine Township, Mégantic Co., Québec, Canada

An abandoned asbestos mine located near Coleraine, in the Black Lake - Thetford Mines area. The ore body was discovered by the Asbestos Corporation Ltd. in 1946. Mineralization is in ultrabasic, serpentinized rock. The open pit mine operated from 1955 to 1982, processing up to 6370 metric tons of ore per day. An adjoining,deep orebody, called the Penhale orebody, was discovered by drilling in 1965. It was explored by a 500-meter deep shaft but was not put into production.

Note: chromian diopside and uvarovite reported by Grubb (1965) are respectively diopside and grossular, both Cr-bearing.

Coordinates extrapolated from topographic map.

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24 valid minerals.

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Grubb, P.L.C. (1965) An unusual occurrence of diopside and uvarovite near Thetford, Quebec. Canadian Mineralogist 8, 241-248.
Sabina, A.P. (1966) Rocks & minerals for the collector: Eastern Townships and Gaspé, Quebec; and parts of New Brunswick. Geological Survey of Canada Paper 66-51, 46-47.
De, A. (1972) Petrology of dikes emplaced in ultramafic rocks of southeastern Quebec and origin of the rodingite. Geological Society of America Memoir 132, 489-501.
Gaudard, S. (1993) Voyage au coeur des Appalaches, Guide des curiosités minérales de la M.R.C. de l'Amiante. Publ. by: Musée minérologique et minier Thetford Mines, 68-69.

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