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Abbeytown Mine & Quarry, Ballysadare, County Sligo, Connacht, Irelandi
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Abbeytown Mine & QuarryQuarry
Ballysadare- not defined -
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
54° 12' 52'' North , 8° 31' 30'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Ballisodare1,344 (2017)1.1km
Collooney1,369 (2013)3.8km
Ballygawley321 (2013)5.7km
Coolaney866 (2013)6.3km
Sligo20,228 (2014)7.1km


A large quarry now occupies the site of the mine. It used to intersect old underground workings and sulphide mineralization. There were sometimes large vugs up to a metre across but more commonly smaller less interesting calcite and dolomite lined vugs. Quarrying has now moved away from the mineralized area into unaltered limestone so good specimens are now scarce. In the 1990s a vertical pipe-like breccia filled structure was exposed. This seemed not to be related to the base metal mineralization but may have been a collapsed cavern. It yielded many fine calcites from the unstable, muddy material.

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Standard Detailed Gallery Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


14 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Description: Tiny, yellow crystals, only a few specimens known.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
'Bitumen'
Description: Occasional, hard, shiny black blobs with calcite and sulphides.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Description: Probably Ireland's premier calcite location. Varied habits, crystals up to 18 cm, often pale yellowish.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Description: Small crystals on calcite.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Description: Fine saddle shaped crystals on calcite.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
Enargite
Formula: Cu3AsS4
Colour: Metallic Grey
Description: Millimetre sized crystals on needle quartz/dolomite. Only known from a single spot in the quarry.
Reference: Moreton, S., Lawson, J. & Lawson, R. (2009) Abbeytown Mine and Quarry, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo. U.K. Journal of Mines & Minerals, No. 30, p.34-42.
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Habit: Cubic
Description: Found sparingly in the 1980s. Seems to be absent now.
Reference: Stephen Moreton (Pers. Com.).
Galena
Formula: PbS
Habit: Usually octahedral, sometimes more complex habits.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: Cornwall
Gypsum var:
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: Cornwall
Hydrozincite
Formula: Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Description: Abundant in some of the old workings. Is entirely post-mining in origin.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: Cornwall
Marcasite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Dr Richard Unitt personal collection
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Description: Is a significant contaminant of the quarry produce. The quarrymen try to avoid it. Good crystals are scarce.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Description: "Herkimer diamond" double terminated crystals up to 9 cm, often with bubbles inside. Rare, but can be of excellent quality.
Reference: Stephen Moreton
Quartz var:
Formula: SiO2
Description: Grey, banded, very scarce.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Description: Mostly massive, dark brown. Local remobilization has produced small crystals of ruby and honey blende varieties.
Reference: Dr Stephen Moreton
'Tennantite'
Formula: Cu6(Cu4X2)As4S12S
Reference: Moreton, S., Lawson, J. & Lawson, R. (2009) Abbeytown Mine and Quarry, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo. U.K. Journal of Mines & Minerals, No. 30, p.34-42.
'Tetrahedrite'
Formula: Cu6(Cu4X2)Sb4S13
Reference: Moreton, S., Lawson, J. & Lawson, R. (2009) Abbeytown Mine and Quarry, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo. U.K. Journal of Mines & Minerals, No. 30, p.34-42.

Gallery:

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Enargite2.KA.05Cu3AsS4
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Marcasite2.EB.10aFeS2
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
'Tennantite'2.GB.05Cu6(Cu4X2)As4S12S
'Tetrahedrite'2.GB.05Cu6(Cu4X2)Sb4S13
Group 3 - Halides
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Chalcedony4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Dolomite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Hydrozincite5.BA.15Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
var: Selenite7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Bitumen'-

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
Marcasite2.12.2.1FeS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø = 4
Enargite3.2.1.1Cu3AsS4
3 <ø < 4
'Tennantite'3.3.6.2Cu6(Cu4X2)As4S12S
'Tetrahedrite'3.3.6.1Cu6(Cu4X2)Sb4S13
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Hydrozincite16a.4.1.1Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
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
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Bitumen'-
Gypsum
var: Selenite
-CaSO4 · 2H2O
Quartz
var: Chalcedony
-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
H Gypsum (var: Selenite)CaSO4 · 2H2O
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
OOxygen
O CalciteCaCO3
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O QuartzSiO2
O HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
O Gypsum (var: Selenite)CaSO4 · 2H2O
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O BaryteBaSO4
FFluorine
F FluoriteCaF2
MgMagnesium
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Quartz (var: Chalcedony)SiO2
SSulfur
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
S Gypsum (var: Selenite)CaSO4 · 2H2O
S SphaleriteZnS
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S MarcasiteFeS2
S EnargiteCu3AsS4
S TennantiteCu6(Cu4X2)As4S12S
S TetrahedriteCu6(Cu4X2)Sb4S13
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S BaryteBaSO4
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca Gypsum (var: Selenite)CaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca FluoriteCaF2
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe MarcasiteFeS2
CuCopper
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu EnargiteCu3AsS4
Cu TennantiteCu6(Cu4X2)As4S12S
Cu TetrahedriteCu6(Cu4X2)Sb4S13
ZnZinc
Zn HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AsArsenic
As EnargiteCu3AsS4
As TennantiteCu6(Cu4X2)As4S12S
SbAntimony
Sb TetrahedriteCu6(Cu4X2)Sb4S13
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

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