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Cretaceous kaolin and silica sand in Nova Scotia (continued)

The silica sand resources from a small pit in central Nova Scotia (Figs. 2, 4) are already being utilized for the production of a myriad of products by Shaw Resources Ltd. These products include landscape sands, filtration products, asphalt sand, blast abrasives and glass sands. Chaswood sand deposits may also have potential as low pressure (Class C-D) frac sands but have not as yet been evaluated for this use. The processing of these sands (and clays) for titanium could be another value-added commodity. The proximity to the Maritimes & Northeast Gas Pipeline to these deposits may enable a cheaper source of energy for use in a processing facility hence enhancing the overall economic outlook.

Selected References.

Fowler, J. H., 1972. Clay and sand deposit at Elmsvale, Halifax County, Nova Scotia Department of Mines, Miscellaneous Publication 72-03. (Available at the Nova Scotia Natural Resources Library)

Dickie, G. B. 1986. Cretaceous deposits of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Department of Mines and Energy, Paper 86-1; 65p.

Gillis,M.X, 1998. A report on the 1998 exploration program for kaolin clays in the Musquodoboit, Stewiacke and Shubenacadie regions of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Assessment Report 98-128, 583p.

Stea, R. R., Finck, P. W., Pullan, S. E., and Corey, M. C. 1996. Cretaceous deposits of kaolin clay and silica sand in the Shubenacadie and Musquodoboit Valleys, Nova Scotia, Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources; Mines and Minerals Branch; Open File Report, 96-003.

Wightman, J F, 2012. Report on Evaluation of Kaolin Clay and Silica Sand Deposits, EL 09707, EL 09709 & EL 10282, Emsvale & Benvie Brook, Halifax Co., N.S., Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Assessment Report: ME 2012-120, 2012, 369 p.

Wightman, J F, 2012. Report on Evaluation of Kaolin Clay and Silica Sand Deposits, EL 09708, EL 09737, EL 09894, Chaswood - Sibley Road, Halifax Co., N.S., Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Assessment Report: ME 2012-121, 2012, 423 p.

Wightman, J F, 2012. Report on Evaluation of Kaolin Clay and Silica Sand Deposits, EL 09706, EL 10196 & EL 10197, Shubenacadie, Hants/Halifax Co., N.S., Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Assessment Report: ME 2012-119, 2012, 334 p.