A geobotanical observation as an aid to mineral investigation at Tow Scar near Ingleton

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Authors:Bateson, J. H.; Johnson, C. C.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Br. Geol. Surv., Keyworth, United Kingdom
Volume Title:BGS Report
Source:BGS Report, 17(1), p.5-8. Publisher: British Geological Survey, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0950-9313. ISBN: 0-11-884374-5
Publication Date:1986
Note:In English. 2 refs.BGS short communications 7; 1 table, geol. sketch maps
Summary:Anomalous values for Ba, Cu, Pb and Zn were obtained from samples from a soil grid over a small area underlain by Carboniferous limestones. Independent information revealed that, unusually, the area was also the habitat of a moss-like plant (Minuartia verna (L) Hiern) which normally colonises the spoil dumps of metalliferous mines of the region. There is no history of mining in the area in question and it is concluded that M. verna can be taken as a potential geobotanical indicator of metalliferous mineralization in this type of carbonate environment. [R.A.H.]
Subjects:Alkaline earth metals; Barium; Bryophyta; Carbonate rocks; Carboniferous; Copper; Copper ores; Economic geology; Geobotanical methods; Geochemistry; Lead; Lead-zinc deposits; Limestone; Metal ores; Metals; Mineral exploration; Mineralization; Paleozoic; Plantae; Sedimentary rocks; Soils; Surveys; Trace elements; Zinc; Cumbria England; Durham England; England; Europe; Great Britain; Lancashire England; United Kingdom; Western Europe; Yorkshire England; Alston Group; Ingleton region; Minuartia verna; Orton Group; Tow Scar
Coordinates:N540000 N543000 W0013000 W0023000
Abstract Numbers:87M/4606
Record ID:1986077871
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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