Moose River Anticline

This is the anticline at the Moose River gold mine.

400 million years ago North Africa and North America started colliding. Layers of horizontal sedimentary rock were crumpled into anticlines (domes) and synclines (troughs) - a series of rock waves.

Fluid leached gold from rock deep underground and flowed into cracks in rock closer to surface, forming veins of gold-bearing quartz as the fluid eventually cooled and hardened. This is how most Nova Scotia gold deposits formed.

The Moose River anticline hosts the Moose River gold deposit. Its domes trapped the melted, gold-bearing rock as it rose from deep in earth's crust.

Gold is everywhere but to mine it, we need a geological anomaly like a tectonic plate collision to form a deposit - to concentrate the gold so a mine is economically viable.

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