Mineral investigations in the Northumberland trough : part 2, Newcastleton area, Borders, Scotland

Smith, R.T.; Walker, A.S.D.. 1996 Mineral investigations in the Northumberland trough : part 2, Newcastleton area, Borders, Scotland. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 59pp. (WF/MR/96/020, Mineral Reconnaissance Programme open file report 20) (Unpublished)

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Interest in mineral exploration within the Solway-Northumberland basin developed since the discovery of the world-class Navan Zn-Pb deposit in Ireland in 1970 (Andrew, 1993). Recognition of the broad similarities in the geological and tectonic history of the Lower Carboniferous sedimentary basins of east-central Ireland and northern England/southern Scotland prompted MRP exploration interest in the Solway-Northumberland basin in the early 1970's. Two of the most important criteria for the formation of major SEDEX Irish-style deposits, the presence of syn-depositional faulting in a Lower Dinantian basin and a geothermal system over a zone of high heat flow in the crust, are recognised in the Solway-Northumberland basin. The presence of mafic lavas, the Birrenswark lavas, and possible associated mineralising hydrothermal activity are considered to further increase the economic potential of the area.

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: 24 May 2023 10:20 +0 (UTC)

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