Finding Gold in New Brunswick

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Although the geology of New Brunswick indicates there is gold in the province it wasn't until recently that an organized effort was put in effect to finding it.

When the gold rushes occurred in Nova Scotia in the mid-1800s the Gold potential of New Brunswick was overlooked. However the mining industry didn’t overlook one of the world’s largest deposits of copper found with lava in Bathurst. Since then the gold prospecting business has taken off with some very promising deposits that were found near the village of Florenceville that styles itself, “The French-Fry Capitol of the World.”

New Brunswick is located in the northern Appalachians a range of mountains that is traceable from Newfoundland south to Alabama. In the past several locations in these mountains have produced sizeable amounts of gold. The first gold rush in North America occurred in North Carolina.

There is a major fault line that runs through New Brunswick marking a change from continental sediments of the miogeosyncline that collected at the eastern edge of the continent to the west. The other component is deep sea sediments coming from the Iapetus Ocean that vanished hundreds of millions of years ago when the ocean closed during the Taconic and Arcadian Progenies. For the most part the deposits of metal ores are located to the east of this fault.

The apparent location of this fault is on the western edge of the Fredricton/Restigouch zone that is composed of deep sea sediments. This is the most likely place to look for gold.

The province of New Brunswick has many advantages to offer like a good government, favorable taxes, and a good highway system. The Bathurst mining camp is a deepwater port allowing for shipment of copper ore to all parts of the world to wherever they can sell their ore for the most money.

A good place to start prospecting is in the many rivers and streams of the province as well as along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Fundy. If there is placer gold found here it is possible to trace it upstream to its source. Many hard rock gold mines have been discovered this way.

New Brunswick has produced much metal and continues to produce base metals like copper, lead and zinc including the largest base metal volcanic deposits is found at the Bathurst mining camp. There are also polymetallic sulfide deposits like those of Portugal. The deposits of these sulfides have been in production since the days of the Roman Empire. Portugal and Spain were once part of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland that broke off during the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. After the breakup the Iberian Peninsula rotated 90 degrees and slammed into southern Europe. The same geology should be found throughout Maritime Canada including New Brunswick. The kind of geology of which we speak is massive intrusions of magma like those found at Bathurst.

The world class deposits of base metals have distracted the mining companies from the search for gold. That has changed with some of the mining companies like Stratabound Minerals Co., and others taking a new interest in the gold potential of New Brunswick.

The Geological Survey of New Brunswick as well as other governmental bodies can be of great help to prospectors. All you have to do is check with the government to find out what resources are available from the government tp promote prospecting.

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