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Botallack Head (Wheal Cock Carn), Cliff outcrops, Botallack, St Just, Cornwall, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 8' 43'' North , 5° 41' 38'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.1452777778, -5.69388888889
Other regions containing this locality:Devon and Cornwall metalliferous mining district, England, UK


This entry refers to the cliff section north of the Crowns Rock and south of Wheal Cock Zawn. The cliffs are unnamed on the topographic map, but most of them form part of Botallack Head, which is located in the center of the area and adjoins Wheal Cock Zawn to the south. Russell (1910) refers to the locality as Wheal Cock Carn and states that this name (which does not appear on maps) was used in the past for an elevated portion of the cliff south of Wheal Cock. Other authors variously refer to the area vaguely as "rocks between Botallack and Wheal Cock" or as "cliffs north of Botallack". The grid reference is centered on Botallack Head.

The veins in this area are hosted in greenstones, a narrow belt of which runs through the granite mass and crops out in the cliffs around Botallack Head. Prehnite and natrolite reported from the Botallack area do only occur at this place. In addition, the veins produced many fine axinite specimens, and many specimens sold that were labelled as coming from Roscommon Cliff were really found in this area.

Mineral List


9 valid minerals.

Geochronology

Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
Phanerozoic
 Paleozoic
  Permian
   Guadalupian
ⓘ Major polymetallic mineralization~270 MaCornwall, England, UK
   Cisuralian
ⓘ Porphyry dikes intruded (latest age)~275 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Greisenization (latest age)~280 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Porphyry dikes intruded (earliest age)~280 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Formation of metallized pegmatites~285 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Greisenization (earliest age)~285 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ Emplacement of major plutons~295 MaCornwall, England, UK

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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Silurian-Devonian
358.9 - 443.8 Ma
Silurian-Devonian sedimentary rocks

Age: Paleozoic (358.9 - 443.8 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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References

Carne, J. (1822): On the Mineral Productions and the Geology of the Parish of St. Just. Transactions of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall 2, 290-358.

Hall, T.M. (1868): The Mineralogist's Directory or, A Guide to the Principal Mineral Localities in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Edward Stanford (London), 168 pp.

Russell, A. (1910): Notes on the Occurrence of Zeolites in Cornwall and Devon. Mineralogical Magazine 15, 377-384.

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