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Modern mining creates jobs for Nova Scotians, provides essential materials we all use every day and takes excellent care of the environment.
Feb 25, 2021 9 tweets 6 min read
@nsgov announced new rebates for electric vehicles yesterday. Mining makes #greentech like electric cars possible because they are mostly made of minerals and metals.
#nspoli @KeithIrvingNS @IainTRankin @NS_Energy_Mines @ns_environment @ChenderMLA @AllanMacMaster @MLAChuckPorter Image For example, an e-car has 183 pounds of copper wiring in it because copper is used in every major component from the motor to the inverter and the electrical wiring. There is about four times more copper in an e-car than in a car with an internal combustion engine.
Sep 23, 2020 12 tweets 11 min read
The Morris Street Engine House has been declared a municipal heritage property!
#Halifax’s Fire Station #2, as it is also called, was built 1907-08 of reinforced concrete.
Here's the story!
#nspoli @HFXFireHistory @HRMFireNews @hfxfire @HFXFirefighters @hfxgov @MikeSavageHFX Concrete is a mixture of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone; the paste is water and portland cement. (The terms cement and concrete are often used interchangeably, but cement is actually an ingredient of concrete...
Sep 21, 2020 18 tweets 20 min read
We love getting questions about mining, minerals and geology! We were asked about sinkholes and whether they are a risk when walking in the woods.
#nspoli #cbpoli #novascotia #capebreton @oxfordsinkhole ImageImage The short answer is yes, sinkholes are real but no, they are not a major risk and should not prevent you from enjoying outdoor activities.
Most natural sinkholes are caused by groundwater naturally eroding rocks like gypsum, salt and limestone which are water-soluble.
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Sep 20, 2020 18 tweets 19 min read
We love getting questions about mining, minerals and geology! We were asked about the historic #NewCampbellton coal mine in #VictoriaCounty.
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@JaimeBattiste ImageImage The New Campbellton coal mine was opened in 1862 by Charles J. Campbell, a former Member of Parliament, Member of the Legislative Assembly and executive council member. The community had been named Kelly’s Cove but was changed to New Campbellton in 1862 in honour of Mr. Campbell. Image
Sep 19, 2020 10 tweets 10 min read
Mining built #NovaScotia!
#Halifax was founded in 1749 and its first court house is reported to have been built by 1754 on the northeastern corner of Buckingham + Argyle streets. After the building burned in 1789, the courts were temporarily housed in various buildings.
#nspoli ImageImage In April 1851 a bill to provide Halifax with a county court house was passed. Mr. H.G. Hill, a prominent #Halifax architect, prepared a plan for a wooden building.
However, since the records of the county, wills, deeds and other papers of public office were...
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Sep 18, 2020 19 tweets 23 min read
The Sullivan Creek #coal mine, before and after!
It's one of several mines reclaimed around #AlderPoint #CapeBreton in the late 1900s/early 2000s - examples of how mining makes temporary use of land and then land can be used other ways.
#nspoli #cbpoli #novascotia @JaimeBattiste ImageImage The first mine in the area was the Scotia Mine, or #NovaScotia Steel & Coal Company No. 4 Colliery, on Toronto Road, which operated on the Sydney Main (Harbour) Seam from 1915 to 1921.
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Sep 16, 2020 11 tweets 14 min read
We love getting questions about mining, minerals and geology! We were asked if we know what these intriguing circles are in #Walton, #HantsCounty.

#nspoli #cbpoli #novascotia @MLAChuckPorter @EastHantsNS #easthants ImageImage The person who asked isn’t the only one who has noticed the circles. With satellite images so easy to access on the Internet, others have also noticed them, including the excellent staff @NS_Energy_Mines.
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Sep 15, 2020 21 tweets 28 min read
We love getting questions about mining, minerals and geology! We were asked about the historical #Londonderry #iron mines. Here's the story...

#nspoli #novascotia #cbpoli @ZannLenore @MunColchester #colchester #nshistory ImageImageImage Iron mining and smelting began in #NovaScotia in 1825 when iron mines opened at Nictaux Falls, #AnnapolisCounty, and the Annapolis Iron Mining Company built a blast furnace at Clementsport between #AnnapolisRoyal and #Digby.
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Sep 13, 2020 17 tweets 24 min read
We love getting questions about mining, minerals and geology! We were asked about mining in Victoria Mines, #CapeBreton.
We are going to discuss #VictoriaMines + #NewVictoria since their mining histories are closely linked.
#nspoli #cbpoli #novascotia @KCoombesMLA @JaimeBattiste ImageImage The first land grants in #VictoriaMines were given to Irish settlers in 1794 and in New Victoria in 1808.
#Coal mining in the area began in 1865 with what we now call the Old Victoria Mine, which was likely the 1st mine in North America planned to be completely...
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Sep 12, 2020 24 tweets 35 min read
Lots of places in #NovaScotia were named for their connections to mining – but #GoldRiver is NOT one of them!
#Gold was discovered in Gold River, #LunenburgCounty, in September 1861 by Daniel Dimmock of nearby #Chester.
#nspoli #cbpoli @Pier12Hugh @BernJordanMP ImageImageImage However, #GoldRiver is believed to have been named after a Mr. Gould, an early settler, and it’s original name was Gould River. The name was changed to Gold River before #gold was discovered there.
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Sep 10, 2020 10 tweets 13 min read
Mining built #NovaScotia!
The old #BankofMontreal building in Sydney was built 1900-01 of sandstone from Wallace, the area that provided stone for so many historic buildings like our legislature and parts of Ottawa's parliament buildings.
#nspoli #cbpoli @HomeMattersCB @OldSydney ImageImage The bank was built because of the economic boom that occurred in #Sydney in that era. Large steel plants located in Sydney, fed by nearby #coal mines, made Sydney a hub of commercial and industrial activity.
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Sep 8, 2020 9 tweets 13 min read
The Point Aconi coal mine, before and after!
A surface mine operated at #PointAconi, #CapeBreton, from 2006-2013 and today the site is greenspace with ponds and ocean views.
#nspoli #cbpoli #novascotia @JaimeBattiste @CBRMGov ImageImageImageImage It’s a great example of reclamation mining – cleaning up historical mines by completing extraction and returning them to nature or preparing them for other uses.
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Sep 7, 2020 5 tweets 9 min read
Today’s mining/quarrying industry is a sophisticated, science-based business that provides essential materials we all use every day – and a very different industry than in the past.
#nspoli #cbpoli #novascotia #capebreton @TimHoustonNS @ChenderMLA @HomeMattersCB @AllanMacMaster Image Mining/quarrying is #NovaScotia’s highest-paying resource industry. Its average total compensation (wages+benefits) is $87,000 per year. An entry-level job like haul truck driver pays an average $25/hour.
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Sep 6, 2020 12 tweets 14 min read
We love getting questions about mining, minerals and geology! We were asked about Nova Scotia’s version of the San Andreas Fault - the Cobequid-Chedabucto Fault System!
Nova Scotia has two halves geologically...
#nspoli #cbpoli #NovaScotia #CapeBreton ImageImage #NovaScotia has 2 halves geologically: The northern half came from Europe and the southern half from Africa. The Cobequid-Chedabucto Fault System is where they collided 400 million years ago. This caused earthquakes, melted rocks+concentration of minerals like #gold+zinc.
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Sep 5, 2020 24 tweets 31 min read
#SydneyMines played a key role in #NovaScotia’s coal mining and industrial history.
Here's the story...
#nspoli #cbpoli #CapeBreton #nshistory @HomeMattersCB @JaimeBattiste @CBRMGov @AllanMacMaster @KCoombesMLA #coal ImageImageImage #SydneyMines was named after Thomas Townshend (1733-1800), First Viscount Sydney, who was British Home Secretary in the Pitt Government in the 1780s. He was an important player in negotiating the Canada-US border.
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Sep 3, 2020 11 tweets 16 min read
We love getting questions about mining, minerals and geology! We were asked about the historical #gypsum quarry which today is the beautiful Kempt Quarry Recreation Site in #WestHants.
Here's the story:
#nspoli #cbpoli #novascotia @MLAChuckPorter @RegMunWWH #nshistory ImageImage Gypsum quarrying began in #HantsCounty in the 1700s when farmers exported it as fertilizer. #Gypsum fixes alkaline (high pH) soil. US inventor Ben Franklin learned this from the French and brought the idea to the US in 1785.
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Sep 1, 2020 8 tweets 11 min read
One of #NovaScotia's oldest mines was the Sibley Mountain Slate Quarry in #ColchesterCounty. From the 1770s to 1860s it provided shingles and flagstones for buildings in #Halifax and England.
Here's the story...
#nspoli #nshistory @LarryHarrisonPC @ZannLenore @MunColchester ImageImage Only the early Acadian mines at Joggins, which provided coal for Fort Beausejour and Port Royal, and the French mine at Port Morien, which provided coal for Louisbourg, are known to be older.
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Aug 30, 2020 7 tweets 9 min read
Why is amethyst purple?
Most #amethyst forms when lava with gas bubbles in it hardens and creates rock with cavities (i.e. the lave crusts over before gasses in the lava can escape, leaving a hollow area inside the rock).
#nspoli #cbpoli #novascotia Image The cavities fill with silica-rich liquid that contains trace amounts of iron. Over time, this liquid forms crystals that line the cavity walls. After crystallization, gamma rays, emitted by radioactive materials in the host rock, irradiate the iron to produce the purple color. Image
Aug 29, 2020 10 tweets 13 min read
The East Gore Slate Quarry in #EastHants likely started operating in the mid-1800s and operated into the early 1900s.
Here's the story of the quarry and how it's connected to Courthouse Hill and the Rawdon #gold mines!
#nspoli #novascotia @EastHantsNS #hants ImageImage The historical quarry is on turn-of-the-century geological maps but there are no official records of its production, so precise dates aren’t available.
A mill was built nearby to turns its slate into roof shingles.
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Aug 25, 2020 10 tweets 13 min read
McKeens Quarry in #Pictou County is one of the oldest quarries in #NovaScotia. It began producing sandstone in the mid-1800s under the name Fogo Quarry and was worked continuously until the 1940s.
#nspoli @TimHoustonNS @karla_macf_pc @SeanFraserMP @TOWNofPICTOU @PictouCounty_NS ImageImageImage It was later quarried to produce rock fill and armour stone.
McKeens stone was used in many heritage buildings, including the Charlottetown legislature and @NewGlasgowNS Town Hall which was built 1884-1887…at a cost of $43,285.61!
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Aug 24, 2020 7 tweets 8 min read
Happy Vulcanalia!
Yesterday was the ancient festival to celebrate Vulcan, the Roman god of fire who was renowned for his metalworking skills.
#nspoli #cbpoli #capebreton #novascotia ImageImage As a son of Jupiter, Vulcan was the creator of his father's lightning bolts. He also made armor, weapons and jewelry for the gods and heroes of Rome.
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