Virtual Museum ID: 19-BCGS-MOE1
Monticellite is a mineral of the olivine group. Due to the fact that Ca and Mg atoms are ordered in different positions in the molecule and there is very limited Ca replacement of calcium, Monticellite is considered a mineral. Monticellite has a orthorhombic crystal system. Monticellite forms a series with kirchsteinite (CaFe(SiO4)).
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Original Collection:British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS)
Virtual Museum ID:19-BCGS-MOE1
Date Added to VM:2019-05-07
Sample Origin:Headwaters of Klehini River, B.C.
Specific Site:Maid of Erin - past underground producer
Datum:08 (NAD 83)
Primary Features:Monticellite skarn
Primary Mineral Formula:Ca(Mg,Fe)SiO4
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Geological Period:Devonian-Upper Triassic
Stratigraphic Age:419.2 - 145.0 Ma
Minfile ID:114P 007
The Maid of Erin underground past producer is located at the headwaters of the Klehini River.
Skarn mineralization occurs in Devonian-Upper Triassic sediments which have been intruded by Oligocene quartz diorite stocks and gabbro and feldspar porphyry dykes and sills. The sediment package, which is locally hornfelsed, dips northeast at low to moderate angles, and contains quartzite, argillite, and carbonate units. Irregular skarn lenses with disseminated to massive sulphides and magnetite occur near the top of a marble unit. Mineralization is mainly associated with yellowish green andradite and monticellite skarn. Monticellite-carbonate, zoisite-andradite, diopside and wollastonite-calcite skarns are also mineralized. The principal sulphides are bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite and wittichenite.
Intermittent production from 1911 to 1956, totalled 3,285 tonnes mined, resulting in 1,486,599 grams per tonne silver, 342 grams per tonne gold and 243,631 kilograms copper.