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Gunheath China Clay Pit, Stenalees, Treverbyn, St Austell District, Cornwall, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 22' 45'' North , 4° 48' 27'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.3791666667, -4.8075
UK National Grid Reference:SX004571
Other regions containing this locality:Devon and Cornwall metalliferous mining district, England, UK

Plancheite supposedly collected here in 1958 by Arthur Kingsbury (1906-68) is now considered "very doubtful" and probably from Arizona. This is one of a number of likely or definitely falsified Kingsbury localities.

Given the iron-rich nature of the mineral assemblage and its manganese-poor character, the strunzite should be validated from the more likely ferrostrunzite possibility.

Mineral List

70 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Entries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.

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Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
ⓘ Major polymetallic mineralization~270 MaCornwall, England, UK
ⓘ 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

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Elton, N. J. (1996). Variscite and Metavariscite from Gunheath China Clay Pit, St Austell, Cornwall. Mineralogical Magazine, 60(4), 671-672.

Elton, N. J., Hooper, J. J., & Coggon, L. (1996). Morinite from Gunheath China Clay Pit, St Austell, Cornwall. Mineralogical Magazine, 60(3), 517-518.

Williamson, B.J., Stanley, C.J., and Wilkinson, J.J. (1997) Implications from inclusions in topaz for greisenisation and mineralisation in the Hensbarrow topaz granite, Cornwall, England. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 127, 119-128.

Elton, N. J. (1998) Barbosalite, frondelite and other phosphates from Gunheath China Clay Pit, St Austell, Cornwall, England. Journal of the Russell Society 7, 15-18.

Ryback, G., Hart, A.D., and Stanley, C.J. (2001) Journal of the Russell Society 7(2).

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