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Garrycam deposit (Keel Mine), Keel, Ballymahon, Co. Longford, Ireland

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 53° 38' 49'' North , 7° 44' 12'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 53.64722,-7.73694
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

MVT-type Pb-Zn(-baryte) deposit.

The site of a modest Zn/Pb prospect which at the time of discovery and on the basis of borehole data, was mistakenly perceived to be a much larger deposit. A shaft and 3 levels were driven but were later found to be sub-economic.

Small, albeit very gemmy, honey blende sphalerite can be found by breaking up tough quartz conglomerate boulders strewn around the site, although most are concentrated under trees and in a flat area of spoil to the north of the site which has been concreted over (several trenches have broken through this capping and spoil is visible in the sidewalls).

On September 20th, 2009, it was discovered that a house has been built on the southern half of the site and the landowner has the intention of building another on the remaining portion, thus destroying whatever is left to be found.

Mineral List

11 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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Permian - Carboniferous
252.17 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 1377914
Carboniferous-Permian sedimentary rocks

Age: Paleozoic (252.17 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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Slowey, E. P. (1986) The Zn-Pb and Barite Deposits at Keel, Co. Longford. In: Geology and Genesis of Mineral Deposits in Ireland, Edited by Andrew, C. J.; Crowe, R. W. A.; Finlay, S.; Pennell, W. M.; Pyne, J. F., Irish Association for Economic Geology, Cahill Printers, Ireland, 711 p, p. 319 - 330.

Ryback, G., Nawaz, R. and Farley, E. (1988) Seventh Supplementary List of British Isles Minerals (Irish). Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 52, n° 365, pp. 267-274.

Slowey, E.P., Hitzman, M.W., Beaty, D.W., Thompson, T.B. (1995) The Keel Zn-Pb and Garrycam BaSO4 Deposits, Co. Longford, Ireland
in Irish Carbonate-Hosted Zn-Pb Deposits, Commemorating the SEG 75th Anniversary, Guidebook for Field Conference May 13-19, 1995, Edited by Anderson, K.; Ashton, J.; Earls, G.; Tear, S., Guidebook Series, Society of Economic Geologists, Citizen Printing Co. Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado 80521, 21, 296 p, p. 227 - 241.

Ryback, G. and Moreton, S. Microminerals from Ireland, Part 3, The East (Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan): UKJMM, No. 12: 36-41.

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