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GENERAL GEOLOGY

MINERAL EXPOSURE

View looking east along the vein in Engine Vein

The vein in Engine Vein. View looking east along the vein (dipping to the NE) which here comprises largely pink/white barite brecciated and infilled by fine grained galena and some chalcocite (both grey to black).  Malachite (green) is abundant on the margins of the vein especially as impregnations along the marly layers. The slickensides on the plane of the vein (which infills a NW-SE trending fault known as the Engine Vein Fault) suggest predominantly dip slip movement. The suggested paragenesis is barite then galena. In this photograph, a clay bed (dark red and grey) is seen approaching the vein on the left (north).  Piece of ore from Wood MineThe effect of reducing solutions moving through the vein has been to reduce iron in the clay and to change the colour to grey.  (Source: Marcus J Tomkinson)

 (Left) Piece of ore.  This piece shows the type of material removed from the mine complete with malachite but also pyromorphite (top edge) and quartz pebbles.

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