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A regional geochemical soil investigation of the Carboniferous Limestone areas south of Kendal (south Cumbria and north Lancashire)

By J.H. Bateson and C.C. Johnson

Abstract

The soils of four separate areas lying within the outcrop\ud of the Lower Carboniferous Limestone to the south and\ud southwest of Kendal were sampled and analysed for\ud copper, lead, zinc, barium and manganese.\ud Mining activity in the areas has been of little\ud significance; restricted to a small number of disused\ud trials for iron and two old lead mines at Brigsteer and\ud Whitbarrow. Significant geochemical anomalies are few\ud and can be related to either artificial contamination,\ud association with minor iron mineralisation or to the\ud reefal limestones that occur in the south of the area.\ud The latter are of greatest significance in view of the\ud similarities with areas along the Craven Fault system to\ud the east and the association of economic mineralisation\ud in Carboniferous reefs in Ireland

Topics: Earth Sciences
Publisher: British Geological Survey
Year: 1984
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:11784

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