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We-Na-Nak Road occurrence, Lount Township, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° 46' 9'' North , 79° 38' 54'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 45.7694444444, -79.6486111111


In lot 25, concession II, on the south side of We-Na-Nak (Youthdale) road aproximately 200 meters, a small pit was worked for graphite sometime before 1956, as well as a 50 foot pit 50 feet south of this small pit.

Although reference mentions a shallow pit being 50 feet long, the pit I located was only about 2 meters (6 feet) long and maybe 1.5 meters (4-5 feet) wide and about 1 meter (3 feet) deep. It is possible that the trail leading to the site passes right along side the pit, and some of it was filled in. By the size of the rock dumps next to the pit it seems that the excess material came from another pit or that this pit I located was a larger pit sometime in the past.

The trail leads past the graphite pit and leads south further for some distance. Maybe 50 meters south a larger pit was located on the west side of the trail, aproximately 50 feet north to south, which is being mentioned in the refererence. This pit reflects the dimensions mentioned; in the reference but there were little signs of mineral bearing rock in the larger pit, if any, except the for the white colored syenitic pegmatite. See other pic with my backpack sitting on the two boulders. My first impression was that maybe the material from this pit may have been used to build the trail leading through the property only because there was a lack of excavated material near or around this pit. It turns out the larger dump pile is combined with material from the small pit first encountered walking south to the workings.

To the east of the trail possibly in the adjacent lot, other pits have been sunk in material bearing graphite, quartz and epidote. In one of my previous trips to this area I did located a couple large pits what seemed to be located in the middle of the bush, with no traces of trails or signs of any workings. I remember seeing the large round piles of dump material and these are what led to the discovery of these two pits to the east of this graphite locality.

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References

Satterly J. 1955. Sixty-Fourth Annual Report of The Ontario Department of Mines, Geology of Lount Township, Ontario Geological Survey Document ARV64, Pt.6, p.27.
Hewitt D. F. 1965. Graphite in Ontario, Ontario Geological Survey, Industrial Mineral Report No. 20, Document IMR020, p.42.


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