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Wheal Tye, Wheal Lushington (West Wheal Towan), Porthtowan, St Agnes, Cornwall, England, UKi
Regional Level Types
Wheal TyeMine
Wheal Lushington (West Wheal Towan)Mine
Porthtowan- not defined -
St AgnesCivil Parish
CornwallCounty
EnglandConstituent Country
UKCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
50° 16' 49'' North , 5° 15' 14'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
UK National Grid Reference:
SW682474
Locality type:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Mount Hawke1,511 (2017)3.2km
Portreath963 (2017)3.3km
North Country773 (2017)3.6km
Saint Agnes2,820 (2014)5.0km
Redruth42,690 (2017)5.6km


Wheal Lushington Mine, also known as West Wheal Towan Mine comprises and amalgamation of a number of small and ancient mining setts that occupy a strip of coastline extending over a distance of around 1500 metres from the western side of Porthtowan Beach to the eastern side of Keriack Cove. Whilst the western section of the sett lies within the parish of Portreath, the mine is included within the Porthtowan mining district. Portreath village itself lies over 2.5 km to the south-west of the western boundary of the sett and if used, gives a misleading geographic location for the site.

The small mines that comprise the sett are as follows:

Wheal Sterran & Wheal Tye lie on the cliff to the west of Tobban Horse. In 1927, Vivians Shaft was re-opened, although some fine grained tin ore was encountered no development ensued. The large cliffside waste dump and remains of old mine buildings including a square section stack date from this period of operation.

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
EuropeContinent
British IslesGroup of Islands
Devon and Cornwall metalliferous mining district, England, UKMining District
Camborne-Redruth and St Day Mining District, Cornwall, England, UKMining District

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


6 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Colour: grey
Description: On November 7, 2013, the local collector Michaël Merry, collected the mineral from the lode outcrop. Only small specimens where recovered as the lode was narrow and standing vertical on the fragile killas matrix.
Reference: Paul De Bondt collection
Cassiterite
Formula: SnO2
Reference: Dines, H.G. (1956): The metalliferous mining region of south-west England. HMSO Publications (London), Vol. 1, p. 486.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Paul De Bondt collection
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Paul De Bondt collection
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Paul De Bondt collection
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Paul De Bondt collection
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Paul De Bondt collection

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Cassiterite4.DB.05SnO2
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
AX2
Cassiterite4.4.1.5SnO2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O CassiteriteSnO2
O AnglesitePbSO4
O QuartzSiO2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S GalenaPbS
S AnglesitePbSO4
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
SnTin
Sn CassiteriteSnO2
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb AnglesitePbSO4

Geochronology

Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
Phanerozoic
 Paleozoic
  Permian
   Guadalupian
ⓘ Major polymetallic mineralization~270 MaCornwall, England, UK
   Cisuralian
ⓘ 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

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.

Click on geological units on the map for more information. Click here to view full-screen map on Macrostrat.org

Early Carboniferous
323.2 - 358.9 Ma



ID: 3192903
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mississippian (323.2 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary 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]

Late Devonian
358.9 - 382.7 Ma



ID: 3135052
Late Devonian claystone

Age: Late Devonian (358.9 - 382.7 Ma)

Lithology: Claystone

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

Middle Devonian
382.7 - 393.3 Ma



ID: 2035678
Middle Devonian (Undifferentiated)

Age: Middle Devonian (382.7 - 393.3 Ma)

Lithology: Mudstone, siltstone and sandstone

Reference: British Geological Survey. DiGMapGB-625. British Geological Survey ©NERC. [23]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

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