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Tangier mines, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 48' 10'' North , 62° 42' 25'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.80278,-62.70694

One of the more important gold mining districts in the province. Coordinates are for Tangier Gold Mining Co. No. 4 shaft. Total production was 26022 oz. Alluvial gold was also extracted from the area including a 27 oz (840 g) mass (Hunt). This huge nugget was exhibited at the Dublin Exhibition in the 1860s. Marsh reported that crystals were found (dodecahedrons and octahedrons), including a brilliant, striated rhombic dodecahedron 8 mm in diameter.

Mines / mining companies include the Kent Mine, Nova Scotia Gold Mines Ltd., Dominion Mining Company, and Strawberry Hill Gold Mining Company.

For a detailed history and description, see Malcolm.

Mineral List

15 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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The Nova Scotia Abandoned Mine Openings (AMO) Database.

Kontak, D.J. and Kerrich, R. (1997). An Isotopic (C, O, Sr) Study of Vein Gold Deposits in the Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia: Implication for Source Reservoirs. Economic Geology and the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists, 92, 2, pg. 161.

Hunt, T.S. (1868) "Report of Dr. T. Sterry Hunt, F.R.S., on the Gold Region of Nova Scotia", G.S.C.

Marsh, O.C. (1861) "The Gold of Nova Scotia", The American Journal of Science and Arts, 2nd Series, Vol. 32, Art. XLIV, pg. 395.

Sabina, A.P. (1965) "Rocks and Minerals for the Collector - Northeastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Prince Edward Island", GSC Paper 65-10.

External Links - Malcolm, W. (1929, reprint 1976) "Gold Fields of Nova Scotia", G.S.C. Memoir 385. - Tangier Gold District, 'Gold, A Nova Scotia Treasure', Virtual Museum. - Faribault, E. R. (1902) Plan and section, Tangier gold district, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia. Geological Survey of Canada.

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