Geology at the Scully Mine

CIM Bulletin, 1972

J. O'LEARY, Mine Geologist, R. CANNELL, Chief Mine Engineer, and D. HONSBERGER, Mine Superintendent, Scully Mine, Wabush Mines; Pickands Mather & Co., Managing Agents, Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Scully Mine deposit lies within the group of metasediments that together comprise the rocks of the Labrador Trough. The ore itself still retains the bedding characteristics of the parent rocks and on this basis has been divided into three main members, namely: Upper, Middle and Lower. The Upper and Lower both show many of the bedding characteristics of the cherty taconites of the northern U.S.A.; the Middle member is a coarse-grained friable specularite rock. The ore minerals are hematite (normally present in the specular variety) and magnetite, although the latter rarely occurs in concentrations greater than 20 per cent. Gangue minerals are quartz and the hydrated iron oxides. Manganese oxides also occur as accessory minerals. The outcrop area of the orebody is in excess of 2 square miles, displaying a complex pattern of faulting and folding, which has been formed as a result of at least two orogenic periods.
Keywords: Hematite, hematite, magnetite, manganese, quartz, Wabush Lake, Iron, Mine, Mines, Ore, Ores, Rock, Rocks