Copper and molybdenum distribution at Shap, Cumbria

Beer, K.E.; Kimbell, G.S.. 1989 Copper and molybdenum distribution at Shap, Cumbria. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 57pp. (WF/89/016, Mineral Reconnaissance Programme report 109) (Unpublished)

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Examination of rock outcrops in and around the Shap Granite and percussion drilling behind the Pink Granite Quarry have confirmed that both copper and molybdenum are present over a wide area, though in amounts which everywhere are sub-economic. Surprisingly, chemical analytical results show a lack of strong correlation between these two metals. Induced polarisation surveys did not provide any evidence of anomalously high concentrations of sulphide mineralisation, although a VLF-EM anomaly indicates a possible northward extension of a fracture zone which is mineralised where exposed in the quarry face. A model suggesting a more deeply buried porphyry-type deposit is not wholly disproved but the evidence obtained from drillholes and geophysical surveys is far from encouraging.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Economic Minerals
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey, Department of Trade and Industry
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed, but not externally peer-reviewed.
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 19 May 2023 13:12 +0 (UTC)

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