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Wasson Bluff (Wasson's Bluff), Parrsboro, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° 23' 30'' North , 64° 14' 32'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 45.39167,-64.24222
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate

A shoreline exposure accessible at low tide. The rock alternates between red sandstone and gray to brown Triassic basalt. The sedimentary rocks are famous for containing dinosaur fossils from near the Triassic-Jurrasic boundary (near the time of the extinction). The fossils are protected by law through the Special Places act.

Excellent minerals, particularly vibrantly colored chabazite, have been known for about 150 years. The orange and red chabazites are generally considered some of the finest examples of that mineral in the world.

Note that old references from the 1800s do not use Wasson's Bluff as the name of this locality. Swan's Creek (or some variant of spelling) is used instead, but it is clear from the minerals descriptions that this is the same as what is now Wasson's Bluff.

Coordinates taken by GPS at occurrence.

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15 valid minerals.

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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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358.9 - 443.8 Ma

ID: 1377672
Silurian-Devonian mixed volcanic, volcaniclastic and sedimentary rocks

Age: Paleozoic (358.9 - 443.8 Ma)

Comments: This designation includes Precambrian iron-formation-bearing sedimentary and volcanic sequences, as well as mixed sedimentary and volcanic or volcaniclastic sequences.

Lithology: Mixed volcanic, volcaniclastic and 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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Sabina, A. P.(1964), Rocks and Minerals for the Collector : Bay of Fundy Area, Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 64-10
Rocks & Minerals 41(2):86-87 (1966)
Tschernich, R. (1992): Zeolites of the World, p.51, 204, 255, 361, 458
PE-PIPER, G. and MILLER, L. (2002) Zeolite minerals from the North Shore of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Geology, 38, 1, 11-28.
Mineralogy of Nova Scotia, (2005)

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