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Benbulben Barite Mine, County Sligo, Connacht, Irelandi
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Benbulben Barite MineMine
County SligoCounty
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IrelandCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
54° 21' 29'' North , 8° 24' 52'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
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Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Carney349 (2013)7.6km
Grange578 (2017)8.2km
Cliffony483 (2017)8.8km
Ballincar444 (2017)8.9km
Sligo20,228 (2014)10.4km


Single north-south trending baryte vein worked by levels in Gleniff at the north end, and more significantly by levels and shafts at Glencarbury on the Benbulben/King's Mt. plateau about 4 km east of summit of Benbulben. The baryte was brought down to Tormore on the south side by a cable car arrangement, the pylons of which can still be seen running up the hillside. The vein is compact and vugs scarce, although the limestone adjacent to it carries small calcite- & quartz-lined cavities in places. Note the mine access track in Gleniff is on strictly private property. Trespassers are not welcomed.

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4 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: S. Moreton, unpublished observation.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: S. Moreton, unpublished observation.
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: S. Moreton, unpublished observation.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: S. Moreton, unpublished observation.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
OOxygen
O BaryteBaSO4
O CalciteCaCO3
O QuartzSiO2
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S BaryteBaSO4
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
CuCopper
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4

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