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West Gore mine, West Gore, Hants Co., Nova Scotia, Canadai
Regional Level Types
West Gore mineMine
West Gore- not defined -
Hants Co.County
Nova ScotiaProvince
CanadaCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
45° 5' 8'' North , 63° 47' 26'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Windsor3,864 (2010)29.1km
Hantsport1,253 (2008)29.5km
Fall River11,526 (2017)32.9km
Lower Sackville21,379 (2016)35.5km
Dartmouth101,343 (2010)49.0km


Operated intermittently between 1884 and 1917 for antimony and gold. Now overgrown. 7 of 9 veins were ore bearing.

According to a brief article in Nova Scotia Minerals Update (O’Reilly, 2012), antimony minerals were found in float on a farm in West Gore in 1880, and the first in situ vein (later called the Main Zone Vein) was located in 1883. Two shafts were sunk and small-scale mining commenced. Two neighboring veins were found in 1887 and 1899. Concentrates were shipped to Swansea [corrected spelling--the only edit], Wales for smelting and refining. In 1904, gold values were discovered in the antimony ore. Production increased and then tailed off, ending “more or less for good” in 1917. “Total production from the mine, most from the Main Zone Vein, is estimated to be 4,959 tons of Sb concentrate (3,000 tons of metallic Sb) and 6,995 troy ounces of Au. Between 70 and 80 thousand tons of ore were milled that averaged 4.1% Sb and about 0.1 oz. Au/ton.” (O’Reilly, 2012)

“Antimony at West Gore occurs in quartz-carbonate veins, mostly as lenses of stibnite that follow shoots in the fault zones that dip toward the southeast. Native Sb is also present throughout the mine and appeared to be more prevalent with depth, but still remained a minor component of the ore. The Au occurs as native Au but also as aurostibnite, Au-Sb alloys and Au-Sb oxides. Pyrite, arsenopyrite, galena and sphalerite occur in minor amounts.” (O’Reilly, 2012)

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

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


Mineral List


20 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Antimony
Formula: Sb
Reference: Messervey, J.P. (1932) Antimony in Nova Scotia. Pamphlet No. 1, Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and Mines.; Kontak, D.J, Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Arsenopyrite
Formula: FeAsS
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Aurostibite
Formula: AuSb2
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Berthierite
Formula: FeSb2S4
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Boulangerite
Formula: Pb5Sb4S11
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Chalcostibite
Formula: CuSbS2
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Econ Geol (1996) 91:1239-1262
'Electrum' ?
Formula: (Au,Ag)
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Kermesite
Formula: Sb2S2O
Reference: Dana 7:I:280. Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
'Leucoxene'
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Metastibnite
Formula: Sb2S3
Reference: Haley, D.F. (1909) The auriferous antimony ore of West Gore. Engineering and Mining Journal: 88: 723-724.
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Muscovite var: Sericite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Stibnite
Formula: Sb2S3
Reference: Dana 7:I:280.; Econ Geol (1996) 91:1239-1262
'Tourmaline'
Formula: A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
'UM1996-36-Sb:Au'
Formula: Au2Sb3
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996): Hydrothermal characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Econ. Geol.: 91: 1239-1262; doi:https://doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.91.7.1239
Valentinite
Formula: Sb2O3
Reference: Sabina, A.P. (1964) Rocks and Minerals for the Collector - Bay of Fundy Area. Geological Survey of Canada Paper 64-10. Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
'Wad'
Reference: Kontak, D.J., Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
Zinkenite
Formula: Pb9Sb22S42
Reference: Robert C. Smith, II Ph.D P.G.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Antimony1.CA.05Sb
'Electrum' ?1.AA.05(Au,Ag)
Gold1.AA.05Au
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Arsenopyrite2.EB.20FeAsS
Aurostibite2.EB.05aAuSb2
Berthierite2.HA.20FeSb2S4
Boulangerite2.HC.15Pb5Sb4S11
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Chalcostibite2.HA.05CuSbS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Kermesite2.FD.05Sb2S2O
Metastibnite2.DB.05Sb2S3
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Stibnite2.DB.05Sb2S3
Zinkenite2.JB.35aPb9Sb22S42
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Valentinite4.CB.55Sb2O3
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Sericite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-
'Leucoxene'-
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Tourmaline'-A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
'UM1996-36-Sb:Au'-Au2Sb3
'Wad'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Semi-metals and non-metals
Antimony1.3.1.2Sb
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Metastibnite2.11.3.1Sb2S3
Stibnite2.11.2.1Sb2S3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Arsenopyrite2.12.4.1FeAsS
Aurostibite2.12.1.11AuSb2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Oxysulfides
Kermesite2.13.1.1Sb2S2O
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
2.5 < ø < 3
Boulangerite3.5.2.1Pb5Sb4S11
ø = 2
Berthierite3.7.9.3FeSb2S4
Chalcostibite3.7.5.1CuSbS2
1 < ø < 2
Zinkenite3.8.1.1Pb9Sb22S42
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Valentinite4.3.11.1Sb2O3
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-
'Electrum' ?-(Au,Ag)
'Leucoxene'-
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Muscovite
var: Sericite
-KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
'Tourmaline'-A(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
'UM1996-36-Sb:Au'-Au2Sb3
'Wad'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
BBoron
B TourmalineA(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O ValentiniteSb2O3
O CalciteCaCO3
O Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O TourmalineA(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O KermesiteSb2S2O
O QuartzSiO2
AlAluminium
Al Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si TourmalineA(D3)G6(Si6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S ArsenopyriteFeAsS
S PyriteFeS2
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S SphaleriteZnS
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
S BerthieriteFeSb2S4
S ChalcostibiteCuSbS2
S ZinkenitePb9Sb22S42
S MetastibniteSb2S3
S StibniteSb2S3
S KermesiteSb2S2O
KPotassium
K Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
FeIron
Fe ArsenopyriteFeAsS
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe BerthieriteFeSb2S4
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu ChalcostibiteCuSbS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AsArsenic
As ArsenopyriteFeAsS
AgSilver
Ag Electrum(Au,Ag)
SbAntimony
Sb ValentiniteSb2O3
Sb BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
Sb BerthieriteFeSb2S4
Sb ChalcostibiteCuSbS2
Sb AurostibiteAuSb2
Sb ZinkenitePb9Sb22S42
Sb MetastibniteSb2S3
Sb UM1996-36-Sb:AuAu2Sb3
Sb StibniteSb2S3
Sb KermesiteSb2S2O
Sb AntimonySb
AuGold
Au GoldAu
Au AurostibiteAuSb2
Au UM1996-36-Sb:AuAu2Sb3
Au Electrum(Au,Ag)
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
Pb ZinkenitePb9Sb22S42

References

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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Dana 7:I:280.
Askwirth, W.R. (1901) The West Gore Antimony Deposits. Transactions of the Mining Society of Nova Scotia: 6: 80-87.
Haley, D.F. (1909) The auriferous antimony ore of West Gore. Engineering and Mining Journal: 88: 723-724.
Malcolm, W. (1929) Gold Fields of Nova Scotia. Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 156.
Messervey, J.P. (1932) Antimony in Nova Scotia. Pamphlet No. 1, N.S. Dept. of Public Works and Mines, xx pp.
Kontak, D.J, Horne, R.J., Smith, P.K. (1996) Hydrothermal Characterization of the West Gore Sb-Au Deposit, Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia, Canada. Economic Geology: 91: 1239-1262.
O'Reilly, G.A. (2012) From the mineral inventory files: Antimony and gold at West Gore. Nova Scotia Minerals Update (Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Geosciences & Mines Branch): p. 4.

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