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Dunbrack mine, Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 49' 5'' North , 63° 11' 22'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.81833,-63.18972
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate

A small Pb-Cu-Ag deposit that was worked in the early 1900s.

Float mineralization from the area was first found in 1888. In 1909 a regular deposit was found by Bessie and John Dunbrack. A shaft and adit were sunk but by 1915 mining operations had ceased. In 1916, Robert Ewing of New Orleans acquired the property and extended the underground workings. By June 1920 mining operations had again ceased. All that remains today at the locality is a small partially overgrown dump heap.

NOTE: The land owner does not want any trespassers going through the dumps or looking for the mine (http://www.mindat.org/mesg-105-368831.html).

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.

Mineral List

33 valid minerals. 2 erroneous literature entries.

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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Late Devonian - Middle Devonian
358.9 - 393.3 Ma

ID: 2682525
Middle - Late Devonian muscovite biotite monzogranite

Age: Devonian (358.9 - 393.3 Ma)

Description: Muscovite biotite monzogranite

Reference: Kippie, J.D. (compiler), B.E. Fisher, J.C. Poole. Geological Map of the Province of Nova Scotia, Scale 1:500 000. Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. [118]

358.9 - 419.2 Ma

ID: 3187521
Paleozoic intrusive rocks

Age: Devonian (358.9 - 419.2 Ma)

Lithology: Intrusive igneous rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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Sabina, A.P. (1965) Rocks and minerals for the collector : Northeastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Prince Edward Island. Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 65-10.
Friedlaender, C.G.I. (1968) Tridymite in Mineralized Zone at Dunbrack, Musquodoboit River, Nova Scotia. Canadian Mineralogist: 572.
Friedlaender, C.G.I. (1970) Tridymite in the gangue of a Pb-Cu-Zn Occurrence. Schweizerische mineralogische und petrographische Mitteilungen: 50: 184-199.
MacMichael, T.P. (1975) The origin of the lead-zinc-silver ores and alteration of the surrounding granite at the Dunbrack Mine, Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. unpublished Honours Thesis (B.Sc.), Dalhousie University, Canada.
Chatterjee, A.K. (1977) Comments on the Association of Tridymite, Pyromorphite, and Meneghinite from Dunbrack Prospect. Nova Scotia Dept. Mines, Report: 77-1: 99-102.
Dickie, J.R. (1978) Geological, mineralogical and fluid inclusion studies at the Dunbrack lead-silver deposit, Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax County, Nova Scotia. unpublished Bachelor of Science Thesis, Dalhousie University, Canada.
Kontak, D.J. (1996) Mineralogical and Geological Studies of the Dunbrack Pb-Cu-Zn-Ag Deposit, Musquodoboit Batholith, Southern Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Report of Activities: 73-86.

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