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Thursday, 7 January 2016

A Few Great Canadian Specimens from the Madawaska / Faraday Mine in Hastings, Ontario, Canada

This is a super specimen of hematite covered calcite crystals. It is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario. 

This is a beautiful specimen of uranophane. It measures 3cm tall and is in the Bancroft Mineral Museum, in Bancroft, Ontario.

Another specimen of hematite covered calcite crystals. It measures 12.5cm x 8cm and is on display in the American Museum of Natural History. 

This specimen of fluorite is 2.6cm and is on display at the Bancroft Mineral Museum.

A quick study of the locality.

The Madawaska mine is located near Bow Lake, ten minutes southwest of Bancroft, Ontario. The mine was discovered in 1953 during some diamond drilling operations. Faraday Uranium Mines LTD started producing uranium in 1957. This continued for seven years until 1964. That year, their contracts to sell the uranium expired and the mine was closed. Operations didn't resume until 1975 when Madawaska Mines LTD took over control of the mine. Madawaska Mines LTD produced uranium at the mine between 1976 and 1982. During this mine's production periods (57-64 and 76-82) it produced around 9.5 million pounds of uranium, making it the most productive mine in the area. The mine has since been decommissioned and is inaccessible to collectors due to the high amount of uranium contamination.

The most popular specimens from this mine are the hematite covered calcite specimens and the uranophane specimens because of there incredible quality and beauty. Other mineral specimens that can come from this mine are specimens of Anhydrite, Albite, Chalcopyrite, Fluorite, Titanite and Selenite. The Bancroft mineral museum has a nice case of specimens from this mine. If you are able to you should go see the museum.

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