Paleo-geomorphology in the exploration for undiscovered sandstone-lead deposits, Salmon River Basin, Nova Scotia

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 83, No. 934, 1990

D.F. Sangster, and P.D. Vaillancourt, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa

Several occurrences of disseminated galena, including a former producing mine, are found in Pennsylvanian fluviatile sandstone of the Salmon River Basin, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Detailed study of the distribution of these occurrences has revealed that highest galena concentrations are found in sandstone overlying channel-shaped depressions infelsic basement rocks. These buried depressions, in turn, correlate in position with modern streams in areas of basement exposure. This correspondence suggests that the latter are at least partially controlled by an exhumed Pennsylvanian topography. If this is correct, then several other streams in the area, lying on basement, may be used to locate possible undiscovered lead deposits in sandstones of the Salmon River Basin.
Mots Clés: Exploration, Sandstone-lead deposits, Mineral deposits, Salmon River Basin