Abstract

The East Kemptville tin deposit in Nova Scotia, the largest known tin deposit in North America, lies in a greisen zone within the Davis Lake Pluton, generally considered to be part of the Devonian South Mountain Batholith. Our dating of micas from within the deposit suggests that the greisenization process that accompanied mineralization took place about 295 ± 5 Ma ago, that is, ca. 60 Ma after the emplacement of the batholith.Hydrothermal alteration–mineralization activity in southern Nova Scotia coincided with extensive shearing and tectonism throughout the Hercynian orogen. The East Kemptville deposit appears to be approximately coeval with similar mineralization in southwest England, the Iberian peninsula, and northwest Africa and much younger than the Devonian Acadian orogeny.

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