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Navan Mine (Tara Mine), Navan (An Uaimh), Co. Meath, Leinster, Irelandi
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53° 39' 20'' North , 6° 43' 0'' West
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PlacePopulationDistance
Navan24,545 (2017)2.3km
Dunderry186 (2018)6.5km
Balbradagh363 (2017)6.8km
Kilmessan586 (2014)11.4km
Newtown Trim6,781 (2014)11.6km


An underground zinc-lead mine in the Navan ore body. Owned by Tara Mines, Ltd. Produced 2.425 million tons of ore (1984) at 9.3% Zn & 2.0% Pb.
Stratabound carbonate hosted Pb-Zn ore.

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Argyrodite
Formula: Ag8GeS6
Description: A single grain was detected in the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Co. Meath. C. J. Andrew and J. H. Ashton (1985) Trans. Inst. Mining Metall., sect. B, 94, 66-93. [First germanium mineral from the British Isles.]
Reference: 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.
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: Walshaw, R.D., Menuge, J.F., and Tyrrell, S. (2006): Mineralium Deposita 41, 803-819.; Lips, ALW (2006) A review of non-ferrous mineral deposits in Europe - Finalised initial database BRGM/RP -54957 - FR; Peace, W. M., Wallace, M. W., Holdstock, M. P., & Ashton, J. H. (2003). Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.; Geological Association of Canada (2014) Abstracts Fredericton Vol 37
Boulangerite
Formula: Pb5Sb4S11
Reference: No reference listed
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Kucha, H., & Wieczorek, A. (1984) Sulfide—carbonate relationships in the Navan (Tara) Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 19(3), 208-216.; 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.; Peace, W.M., Wallace, M.W., Holdstock, M.P., & Ashton, J.H. (2003) Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.; Walshaw, R.D., Menuge, J.F., and Tyrrell, S. (2006) Mineralium Deposita 41, 803-819.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Kucha, H., & Wieczorek, A. (1984). Sulfide—carbonate relationships in the Navan (Tara) Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 19(3), 208-216.
Cylindrite
Formula: Pb3Sn4FeSb2S14
Description: Intergrown with colloform galena in the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Co. Meath; several grains with typical concentric texture identified optically and confirmed by XRD.
Reference: C. J. Andrew and J. H. Ashton (1985) Trans. Inst. Mining Metall., sect. B, 94, 66-93; C. J. Andrew (1986) pers. comm.; 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.
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Walshaw, R.D., Menuge, J.F., and Tyrrell, S. (2006): Mineralium Deposita 41, 803-819.; Peace, W. M., & Wallace, M. W. (2000). Timing of mineralization at the Navan Zn-Pb deposit: A post-Arundian age for Irish mineralization. Geology, 28(8), 711-714.; Peace, W. M., Wallace, M. W., Holdstock, M. P., & Ashton, J. H. (2003). Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.; Kucha, H., & Wieczorek, A. (1984). Sulfide—carbonate relationships in the Navan (Tara) Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 19(3), 208-216.
Franckeite
Formula: Fe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14
Description: As a fine exsolution(?) intergrowth in coarse-grained galena; a single specimen, identified optically. C.J. Andrew and J. H. Ashton (1985) Trans. Inst. Mining Metall., sect. B, 94, 66--93; C. J. Andrew, pers. comm., 1987.
Reference: 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.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: 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.; Blakeman, R. J., Ashton, J. H., Boyce, A. J., Fallick, A. E., & Russell, M. J. (2002) Timing of interplay between hydrothermal and surface fluids in the Navan Zn+Pb Orebody, Ireland: evidence from metal distribution trends, mineral textures, and δ34S analyses. Economic Geology, 97(1), 73-91.; Peace, W. M., Wallace, M. W., Holdstock, M. P., & Ashton, J. H. (2003) Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.; Walshaw, R.D., Menuge, J.F., and Tyrrell, S. (2006) Mineralium Deposita 41, 803-819.; Lips, ALW (2006) A review of non-ferrous mineral deposits in Europe - Finalised initial database BRGM/RP -54957 - FR; Geological Association of Canada (2014) Abstracts Fredericton Vol 37.
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: No reference listed
Harmotome
Formula: (Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
Habit: Cruciform twins
Colour: White - grey
Description: Approx. 1 mm crystals on calcite.
Reference: Green, D.I., Tindle, A.G. & Moreton, S. (2005) Irish J. Earth Sci., 23, 101-6.
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Marcasite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Walshaw, R.D., Menuge, J.F., and Tyrrell, S. (2006): Mineralium Deposita 41, 803-819.; Blakeman, R. J., Ashton, J. H., Boyce, A. J., Fallick, A. E., & Russell, M. J. (2002). Timing of interplay between hydrothermal and surface fluids in the Navan Zn+ Pb Orebody, Ireland: evidence from metal distribution trends, mineral textures, and δ34S analyses. Economic Geology, 97(1), 73-91.; Peace, W. M., Wallace, M. W., Holdstock, M. P., & Ashton, J. H. (2003). Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.; Geological Association of Canada (2014) Abstracts Fredericton Vol 37
'Melnikovite'
Reference: Kucha, H., & Wieczorek, A. (1984). Sulfide—carbonate relationships in the Navan (Tara) Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 19(3), 208-216.
Minrecordite
Formula: CaZn(CO3)2
Description: As minute (1 µm) intergrowths in calcite occurring in close association with sphalerite in dolomitized limestone.
Reference: Kucha, H., & Wieczorek, A. (1984) Sulfide—carbonate relationships in the Navan (Tara) Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 19(3), 208-216.; 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.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Walshaw, R.D., Menuge, J.F., and Tyrrell, S. (2006): Mineralium Deposita 41, 803-819.; Lips, ALW (2006) A review of non-ferrous mineral deposits in Europe - Finalised initial database BRGM/RP -54957 - FR; Peace, W. M., & Wallace, M. W. (2000). Timing of mineralization at the Navan Zn-Pb deposit: A post-Arundian age for Irish mineralization. Geology, 28(8), 711-714.; Blakeman, R. J., Ashton, J. H., Boyce, A. J., Fallick, A. E., & Russell, M. J. (2002). Timing of interplay between hydrothermal and surface fluids in the Navan Zn+ Pb Orebody, Ireland: evidence from metal distribution trends, mineral textures, and δ34S analyses. Economic Geology, 97(1), 73-91.; Geological Association of Canada (2014) Abstracts Fredericton Vol 37; Peace, W. M., Wallace, M. W., Holdstock, M. P., & Ashton, J. H. (2003). Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.; Kucha, H., & Wieczorek, A. (1984). Sulfide—carbonate relationships in the Navan (Tara) Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 19(3), 208-216.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Peace, W. M., Wallace, M. W., Holdstock, M. P., & Ashton, J. H. (2003). Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.; Kucha, H., & Wieczorek, A. (1984). Sulfide—carbonate relationships in the Navan (Tara) Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 19(3), 208-216.
Quartz var: Chalcedony
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Peace, W. M., Wallace, M. W., Holdstock, M. P., & Ashton, J. H. (2003). Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.
Semseyite
Formula: Pb9Sb8S21
Reference: No reference listed
Silver
Formula: Ag
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Kucha, H., & Wieczorek, A. (1984) Sulfide—carbonate relationships in the Navan (Tara) Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 19(3), 208-216.; 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.; Peace, W.M., & Wallace, M.W. (2000) Timing of mineralization at the Navan Zn-Pb deposit: A post-Arundian age for Irish mineralization. Geology, 28(8), 711-714.; Peace, W.M., Wallace, M.W., Holdstock, M.P., & Ashton, J.H. (2003) Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.; Lips, A.L.W. (2006) A review of non-ferrous mineral deposits in Europe - Finalised initial database BRGM/RP -54957 - FR; Walshaw, R.D., Menuge, J.F., and Tyrrell, S. (2006) Mineralium Deposita 41, 803-819.; Geological Association of Canada (2014) Abstracts Fredericton Vol 37.
Stibnite
Formula: Sb2S3
Reference: Yesares, L.; Drummond, D.A.; Hollis, S.P.; Doran, A.L.; Menuge, J.F.; Boyce, A.J.; Blakeman, R.J.; Ashton, J.H. (2019) Coupling Mineralogy, Textures, Stable and Radiogenic Isotopes in Identifying Ore-Forming Processes in Irish-Type Carbonate-Hosted Zn–Pb Deposits. Minerals 9, 335.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Argyrodite2.BA.70Ag8GeS6
Boulangerite2.HC.15Pb5Sb4S11
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Cylindrite2.HF.25aPb3Sn4FeSb2S14
Franckeite2.HF.25bFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Marcasite2.EB.10aFeS2
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Semseyite2.HC.10dPb9Sb8S21
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Stibnite2.DB.05Sb2S3
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Chalcedony4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Dolomite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Minrecordite5.AB.10CaZn(CO3)2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 9 - Silicates
Harmotome9.GC.10(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Melnikovite'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:2
Argyrodite2.5.6.1Ag8GeS6
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Stibnite2.11.2.1Sb2S3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Marcasite2.12.2.1FeS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø > 4
Cylindrite3.1.4.1Pb3Sn4FeSb2S14
Franckeite3.1.4.2Fe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn4+2Sb2S14
2.5 < ø < 3
Boulangerite3.5.2.1Pb5Sb4S11
2 < ø < 2.49
Semseyite3.6.20.4Pb9Sb8S21
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Minrecordite14.2.1.4CaZn(CO3)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
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
Harmotome77.1.3.5(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Melnikovite'-
Quartz
var: Chalcedony
-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C MinrecorditeCaZn(CO3)2
OOxygen
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O QuartzSiO2
O CalciteCaCO3
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O BaryteBaSO4
O HematiteFe2O3
O Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
O Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
O MinrecorditeCaZn(CO3)2
NaSodium
Na Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
MgMagnesium
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
AlAluminium
Al Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
Si Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
SSulfur
S BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
S MarcasiteFeS2
S BaryteBaSO4
S ArgyroditeAg8GeS6
S CylindritePb3Sn4FeSb2S14
S FranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn24+Sb2S14
S StibniteSb2S3
KPotassium
K Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
CaCalcium
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
Ca MinrecorditeCaZn(CO3)2
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe MarcasiteFeS2
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe CylindritePb3Sn4FeSb2S14
Fe FranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn24+Sb2S14
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn MinrecorditeCaZn(CO3)2
GeGermanium
Ge ArgyroditeAg8GeS6
AgSilver
Ag SilverAg
Ag ArgyroditeAg8GeS6
SnTin
Sn CylindritePb3Sn4FeSb2S14
Sn FranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn24+Sb2S14
SbAntimony
Sb BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
Sb SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
Sb CylindritePb3Sn4FeSb2S14
Sb FranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn24+Sb2S14
Sb StibniteSb2S3
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
Ba Harmotome(Ba0.5,Ca0.5,K,Na)5[Al5Si11O32] · 12H2O
PbLead
Pb BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
Pb SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb CylindritePb3Sn4FeSb2S14
Pb FranckeiteFe2+(Pb,Sn2+)6Sn24+Sb2S14

References

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Mining Annual Review (1985) 487.
Ashton, J.H., Downing, D.T., & Finlay, S. (1986) The geology of the Navan Zn-Pb orebody. Geology and genesis of mineral deposits in Ireland: Dublin, Irish Association for Economic Geology, 243-280.
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.
Anderson, I.K., Ashton, J.H., Boyce, A.J., Fallick, A.E., & Russell, M.J. (1998) Ore depositional process in the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Economic Geology, 93(5), 535-563.
Peace, W.M., & Wallace, M.W. (2000) Timing of mineralization at the Navan Zn-Pb deposit: A post-Arundian age for Irish mineralization. Geology, 28(8), 711-714.
Fallick, A.E., Ashton, J.H., Boyce, A.J., Ellam, R.M., & Russell, M.J. (2001) Bacteria were responsible for the magnitude of the world-class hydrothermal base metal sulfide orebody at Navan, Ireland. Economic Geology, 96(4), 885-890.
Peace, W.M., Wallace, M.W., Holdstock, M.P., & Ashton, J.H. (2003) Ore textures within the U lens of the Navan Zn-Pb deposit, Ireland. Mineralium Deposita, 38(5), 568-584.
Walshaw, R.D., Menuge, J.F., and Tyrrell, S. (2006) Metal sources of the Navan carbonate-hosted base metal deposit, Ireland: Nd and Sr isotope evidence for deep hydrothermal convection. Mineralium Deposita 41, 803-819.
Ashton J.A., Blakeman R., Geraghty, J., Beach, A., Coller, D., Philcox, M., Boyce, A., and Wilkinson, J.J. (2015) The Giant Navan Carbonate-Hosted Zn-Pb Deposit – A Review, In: Archibald SM, Piercey SJ (Eds). Irish Association for Economic Geology, 85-122.

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