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Ballyhighland Mine (Caim), Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Leinster, Irelandi
Regional Level Types
Ballyhighland Mine (Caim)Mine
Enniscorthy- not defined -
Co. WexfordCounty
LeinsterProvince
IrelandCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
52° 30' 48'' North , 6° 41' 22'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Clonroche329 (2013)7.2km
Enniscorthy9,709 (2012)9.0km
Bree201 (2018)10.5km
Kilmyshall140 (2017)12.8km
Adamstown258 (2013)13.4km


This mine was opened around 1815 but then abandoned in the 1820s due to a lack of appropriate machinery.
The site was opened again in 1836 by the Mining Company of Ireland but was all but abandoned in 1846 due to a dispute with the local landowner over further development. Minor extraction took place up until 1855. During the period of 1838 to 1846, some 3,000 tons of galena were extracted.
More recent exploration by Aquitaine Mining in the 1980's found thin stratiform arsenopyrite-pyrite-quartz veins in the vicinity of the Caim deposit.
The remaining dumps contain cerussite crystals with occasional linarite, found by breaking open iron stained rocks.

Irish Grid Ref.: S890410

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
EuropeContinent
British IslesGroup of Islands
Ireland (island)Island

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


9 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Arsenopyrite
Formula: FeAsS
Reference: TIETZSCH-TYLER, D. & SLEEMAN, A.G. (1994b). Geology of Carlow-Wexford; a geological description to accompany the Bedrock Geology 1:100,000 Map Series, Sheet 19, Carlow-Wexford. Geol. Surv. Ireland.
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: S. Moreton, unpublished observation.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: S. Moreton, unpublished observation.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: S. Moreton, unpublished observation.
Linarite
Formula: PbCu(SO4)(OH)2
Reference: Dr Richard Unitt (unpublished find)
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: TIETZSCH-TYLER, D. & SLEEMAN, A.G. (1994b). Geology of Carlow-Wexford; a geological description to accompany the Bedrock Geology 1:100,000 Map Series, Sheet 19, Carlow-Wexford. Geol. Surv. Ireland.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Dr Richard Unitt (unpublished find)
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: TIETZSCH-TYLER, D. & SLEEMAN, A.G. (1994b). Geology of Carlow-Wexford; a geological description to accompany the Bedrock Geology 1:100,000 Map Series, Sheet 19, Carlow-Wexford. Geol. Surv. Ireland.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: TIETZSCH-TYLER, D. & SLEEMAN, A.G. (1994b). Geology of Carlow-Wexford; a geological description to accompany the Bedrock Geology 1:100,000 Map Series, Sheet 19, Carlow-Wexford. Geol. Surv. Ireland.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Arsenopyrite2.EB.20FeAsS
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Linarite7.BC.65PbCu(SO4)(OH)2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
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 = 1:2
Arsenopyrite2.12.4.1FeAsS
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Linarite30.2.3.1PbCu(SO4)(OH)2
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 LinaritePbCu(SO4)(OH)2
CCarbon
C CerussitePbCO3
C SideriteFeCO3
OOxygen
O CerussitePbCO3
O LinaritePbCu(SO4)(OH)2
O QuartzSiO2
O SideriteFeCO3
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S ArsenopyriteFeAsS
S LinaritePbCu(SO4)(OH)2
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe ArsenopyriteFeAsS
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe SideriteFeCO3
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu LinaritePbCu(SO4)(OH)2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AsArsenic
As ArsenopyriteFeAsS
PbLead
Pb CerussitePbCO3
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb LinaritePbCu(SO4)(OH)2

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