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Bissett Creek mine, Maria Township, Renfrew Co., Ontario, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° 7' 24'' North , 78° 3' 30'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 46.1236111111, -78.0586111111

In quartz-biotite-plagioclase gneiss.

Early work on the graphitic horizon consisted of some trenching and l diamond drill hole, done for assessment work. Westcoast Charters of Vancouver did more trenching in 1982, and Princeton Resources continued with an extensive diamond drilling program from 1983 until 1986. A pilot mill was established on site and during the winter of 1987.

Mineral List

8 valid minerals.

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1000 - 1600 Ma
Migmatitic rocks and gneisses of undetermined protolith

Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1600 Ma)

Comments: Grenville Province Central Gneiss Belt

Lithology: Commonly layered biotite gneisses and migmatites; locally includes quartzofeldspathic gneisses, orthogneisses, paragneisses

Reference: Ontario Geological Survey. 1:250 000 scale bedrock geology of Ontario. ISBN 978-1-4435-5705-4. Miscellaneous Release–Data 126 - Revision 1. [1]

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Garland, M. I. (1987) Graphite in the Central Gneiss Belt of the Grenville Province of Ontario, Mines and Minerals Division, Ontario Geological Survey, Open File Report 5649, p.113-116.

Sabina, A. P. (2007) Rocks and Minerals for the Collector, Ottawa to North Bay and Huntsville, Ontario; Gatineau (Hull) to Waltham and Témiscaming, Quebec. Geological Survey of Canada, Miscellaneous Report 48, 249 pages, p.89.

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