|A quartz vein in grano-diorite.|
Photo by Walter Siegmond
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Gold Occurrences in the Norumbega Fault System of the Northeast Coast of North America
Like its better known cousin on the west coast the
San Andreas Fault the Norumbega Fault System ranges along the coast from through New Hampshire to the eastern coast of Maine in New Brunswick . This is a fault system that has been little known until recent decades although it has displayed a history of gold deposits since the late 1800s. Across the border in Canada there has been a great deal of exploration recently with several extensive deposits of gold and other metals having been found. It has only been in recent years that it has started receiving the attention that has been accorded its southern relative the Brevard Zone, but the latter has been the scene of gold mining in the early 19th century with some of the mines remaining open until the advent of World War II. A recent drilling program undertaken at one of these old mines in New Brunswick has discovered proven reserves exceeding 3,000,000 ounces/ton of gold. South Carolina
As part of a project undertaken by the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) in southwestern
that is one of the most important gold occurrences in the Province as of 1999. Because of ground cover and lack of outcrops little is known of the geology of this district except it is hosted in volcanic and subvolcanic rocks that occur on New Brunswick Poplar Mountain. The gold in this deposit is accompanied with arsenopyrite.
This fault is the second largest fault system in the northern
Appalachians exceeded by the Ordovician Fault System that under various names goes from Staten Island to New York where it enters the sea at Baie Verte NF. When the continents broke apart during the Jurassic the same fault continues through the Newfoundland British Isles and into the mountains of western . Both of them mark the suture zones between land masses that were moved by tectonic forces. Norway
Gold deposits and other metals have been discovered along both suture zones. The most active place at the present time is in
. Another hotspot is in New Brunswick in the Wales British Isles. Little exploration has occurred for decades because of the difficulty in using ordinary exploration methods on this terrain due to heavy groundcover.
One of the best places to look for mineralization is where two faults join at right angles like the
and Honey Hill faults do in Lake Char . Both of these faults are a southern extension of the Norumbega Fault System. Another area of interest is where the City of Connecticut is located. If you don’t think there is any gold in the Norumbega Fault System we recently found a deposit that assayed 5.9 on/ton gold and 1.1 oz/ton Platinum. I am not disclosing its location, so you can go and find your own. Worchester MA