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Partridge Island, Parrsboro, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canadai
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° 22' 0'' North , 64° 20' 17'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 45.36694,-64.33833
GeoHash:G#: f844pfy38
Locality type:Island
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate


Not an island, but a peninsula. Access to the beach is dictated by the tides - there are long sections of where the the water rises to shear cliffs and extreme caution should be used. Nonetheless, easy access has meant it has been heavy collected for nearly 200 years. In the early 1800s it was celebrated for amethyst finds.

Minerals are found in veins and pockets in basalt. Some of the stilbite and chabazite is very brightly colored (orange) and similar in appearance to material from Wasson's Bluff.

Regions containing this locality

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


13 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Analcime
Formula: Na(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Reference: Gregory G. (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals, 41(2):88.
'Apophyllite'
Reference: Gregory G. (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals, 41(2):88.
Barrerite
Formula: (Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Reference: Georgia Pe-Piper and Lisa Miller (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology 38, 11–28
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Habit: Rhombohedrons, frequently with complex modifications. Frequently show phantoms.
Colour: Straw yellow, brown, colorless.
Reference: Emmons E. (1836) Notice of a Scientific Expedition. American Journal of Science and Arts, vol. 30, no. 2, pg. 330-354. Gregory G. (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals, 41(2):88. Pe-Piper G. and Miller L. (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology 38, 11–28.
Celadonite
Formula: K(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
Reference: Van King
'Chabazite'
Habit: rhombohedra, simple penetration twins
Colour: salmon orange
Reference: Gregory G (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals, 41(2):88. Tschernich R (1992) Zeolites of the World. p.100. Pe-Piper G and Miller L (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology, 38, 11–28.
Chabazite-Na
Formula: (Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Reference: Pe-Piper G and Miller L (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology, 38, 11–28.
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Georgia Pe-Piper and Lisa Miller (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology 38, 11–28
Epistilbite
Formula: CaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
Reference: Georgia Pe-Piper and Lisa Miller (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology 38, 11–28
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Georgia Pe-Piper and Lisa Miller (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology 38, 11–28
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: Dana ES (1880) A Text-book of Mineralogy: with an extended treatise on crystallography and physical mineralogy. John Wiley & Sons, New York, Third Edition.
'Heulandite subgroup'
Reference: Gregory G (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals, 41(2):88. Pe-Piper G and Miller L (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology, 38, 11–28.
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: Jackson, C.T., Alger, F. (1829) Remarks on the mineralogy and geology of the peninsula of Nova Scotia. Cambridge.; Dana, Edward S. (1880) A Text-book of Mineralogy: with an extended treatise on crystallography and physical mineralogy. John Wiley & Sons, New York, Third Edition.; Pe-Piper, Georgia, Miller, Lisa (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology: 38: 11–28.
Natrolite
Formula: Na2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Habit: massive; radiating prisms
Colour: colorless
Reference: Tschernich, R. (1992): Zeolites of the World, p.361; Georgia Pe-Piper and Lisa Miller (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology 38, 11–28
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Georgia Pe-Piper and Lisa Miller (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology 38, 11–28
Quartz var: Agate
Reference: Gregory G. (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals, 41(2):88.
Quartz var: Amethyst
Formula: SiO2
Colour: Purple
Description: From Jackson and Alger: "...the substance for which this island more than any other spot in the country has been celebrated, and in search of which it is visited by almost every traveller, is amethyst, in crystals of great beauty and brilliancy. They seem first to have drawn attention of De Monts, one of the earliest French emigrants to this country, during the reign of Henry IV. It is said he was so struck with their appearance, that he took several specimens with him to Paris, where he had them appropriately set as jewels, and presented them to the King and Queen as tokens of his loyal attachment. They often form geodes in the amygdaloid, and are externally encrusted with chalcedony and cacholong that alternate with each other."
Reference: Jackson CT and Alger F (1829) Remarks on the mineralogy and geology of the peninsula of Nova Scotia". Cambridge. Dana ES (1880) A Text-book of Mineralogy: with an extended treatise on crystallography and physical mineralogy. John Wiley & Sons, New York, Third Edition.
Quartz var: Chalcedony
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Gregory G. (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals, 41(2):88.
Stilbite-Ca
Formula: NaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Reference: Traill, R. J., 1970, A Catalogue of Canadian Minerals, Paper 69-45.
'Stilbite subgroup'
Habit: Druses, fans, sheaves.
Colour: Orange, white, cream, red.
Reference: Emmons E. (1836) Notice of a Scientific Expedition. American Journal of Science and Arts, vol. 30, no. 2, pg. 330-354. Gregory G. (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals, 41(2):88. Tschernich R. (1992) Zeolites of the World. p.458. Pe-Piper G. and Miller L. (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology, 38, 11–28.
Stilpnomelane
Formula: (K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
Description: "Has been observed, in the form of circularly-radiated plumose groupings, of a light to dark-yellow green-gray colour and a vitreous to pearly lustre, as a thin coating on the fissure surfaces of a grayish-white chalcedony, from the west side of Partridge Island, Cumberland County, in the province of Nova Scotia. The mineral which was collected by Mr. C. W. Willimont in 1892 was identified by Mr. R. A. A. Johnston, but the matter was not, at the time, considered of sufficient importance to call for any special mention."
Reference: Hoffmann, G. Christian (1896) Report of the Section of Chemistry and Mineralogy. Annual Report (new Series): Volume 1-XVI, 1885-1904, Volume 7, Geological Survey of Canada.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Magnetite4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Agate4.DA.05SiO2
var: Amethyst4.DA.05SiO2
var: Chalcedony4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Analcime9.GB.05Na(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Barrerite9.GE.15(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Celadonite9.EC.15K(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
Chabazite-Na9.GD.10(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Epistilbite9.GD.45CaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
Natrolite9.GA.05Na2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Stilbite-Ca9.GE.10NaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Stilpnomelane9.EG.40(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Apophyllite'-
'Chabazite'-
'Chlorite Group'-
'Heulandite subgroup'-
'Stilbite subgroup'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Celadonite71.2.2a.6K(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
Group 74 - PHYLLOSILICATES Modulated Layers
Modulated Layers with joined islands
Stilpnomelane74.1.1.1(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Group 77 - TECTOSILICATES Zeolites
Zeolite group - True zeolites
Analcime77.1.1.1Na(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Barrerite77.1.4.5(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Epistilbite77.1.6.2CaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
Natrolite77.1.5.1Na2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Stilbite-Ca77.1.4.3NaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Apophyllite'-
'Chabazite'-
Chabazite-Na-(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
'Chlorite Group'-
'Heulandite subgroup'-
Quartz
var: Agate
-SiO2
var: Amethyst-SiO2
var: Chalcedony-SiO2
'Stilbite subgroup'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
H NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
H Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
H Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
H EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
H Chabazite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
H CeladoniteK(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
H Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
O CalciteCaCO3
O NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
O Quartz (var: Amethyst)SiO2
O HematiteFe2O3
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
O Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
O EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
O QuartzSiO2
O Chabazite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
O CeladoniteK(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
O Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
O Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
NaSodium
Na AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Na NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Na Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Na Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Na Chabazite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Na Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
MgMagnesium
Mg CeladoniteK(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
Mg Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
AlAluminium
Al AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Al NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Al Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Al Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Al EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
Al Chabazite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Al Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
SiSilicon
Si AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Si NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Si Quartz (var: Amethyst)SiO2
Si Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Si Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Si EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Chabazite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Si CeladoniteK(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
Si Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
Si Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
SSulfur
S GalenaPbS
KPotassium
K Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
K Chabazite-Na(Na2,K2,Ca,Sr,Mg)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
K CeladoniteK(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
K Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca Stilbite-CaNaCa4[Al9Si27O72] · nH2O
Ca Barrerite(Na,K,Ca0.5)2[Al2Si7O18] · 7H2O
Ca EpistilbiteCaAl2Si6O16 · 5H2O
Ca Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
FeIron
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe CeladoniteK(Mg,Fe2+)Fe3+(Si4O10)(OH)2
Fe Stilpnomelane(K,Ca,Na)(Fe2+,Mg,Al)8(Si,Al)12(O,OH)36 · nH2O
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

References

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Jackson, C.T., Alger, F. (1829) Remarks on the mineralogy and geology of the peninsula of Nova Scotia. Cambridge.
Emmons, E. (1836) Notice of a Scientific Expedition. American Journal of Science and Arts: 30(2): 330-354.
Gesner, A. (1836) Remarks on the Geology and Mineralogy of Nova Scotia Gossip and Coade, Times Office, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Phillips, W., Allan, R., Alger, F. (1844) An elementary treatise on mineralogy: comprising an introduction to the science. Phillips's Mineralogy, Fifth Edition.
Dawson, J.W. (1855) Acadian Geology: An Account of the Geological Structure and Minerals Resources of Nova Scotia and Portions of the Neighbouring Provinces of British America.
Hoffmann, G. Christian (1896) Report of the Section of Chemistry and Mineralogy. Annual Report (new Series): Volume 1-XVI, 1885-1904, Volume 7, Geological Survey of Canada.
Powers, S. (1916) The Acadian Triassic, Part 1. The Journal of Geology: 24(1): 1-26.
Powers, S. (1916) The Acadian Triassic, Part 3. The Journal of Geology: 24(3): 254-268.
Walker, T.L., Parsons, A.L. (1922) The Zeolites of Nova Scotia. Contributions to Canadian Mineralogy, University of Toronto Press: 13-73.
Hornor, A.P. (1939) Magnetite and Hematite Veins in Triassic Lavas of Nova Scotia. Economic Geology: 34: 921-930.
Gregory, G. (1966) Mineral hunting in the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia area. Rocks and Minerals: 41(2): 88.
Tschernich, R. (1992) Zeolites of the World. p.51, 100, 361, 458.
Pe-Piper, Georgia, Miller, Lisa (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Atlantic Geology: 38: 11–28.


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