Silver Mineralization at Sark's Hope Mine, Sark, Channel Islands

R. A. Ixer and C. J. Stanley
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Aston in Birmingham, Gosta Green, Birmingham B4 7ET
Department of Mineralogy, British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

Abstract: Sark's Hope silver-lead lode, which was mined during the 1830s and 1840s cuts a Late Precambrian granite at the southernmost point of the island of Sark. The primary ore assemblage is pyrite, galena, chalcopyrite, tennantite, tetrahedrite, sphalerite, marcasite, arsenopyrite, pyrrhotine, bravoite, enargite, and the silver minerals pyrargyrite, pearceite, polybasite, and acanthite. Gangue minerals are hematitic quartz, calcite, and illite. Alteration products include chalcosine, covelline, blaubleibender covelline, limonite, malachite, azurite, cerussite, and anglesite. The generalized paragenesis is of early Fe, Co, Ni, As, and S species and later minerals of Pb, Cu, Ag, Zn, Fe, As, Sb, and S. The earliest alteration products are copper sulphides; these are followed by lead and copper carbonates and sulphates, and hydrated iron and manganese oxides. Growth zoning is a common feature of many of the ore minerals, and electron microprobe analysis shows that this is sometimes related to compositional differences. Tetrahedrite and tennantite, particularly, exhibit a wide range of compositions.

Mineralogical Magazine; December 1983 v. 47; no. 345; p. 539-545; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1983.047.345.15
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