Melanterite is rare to New Brunswick and dissolves in water
A Bathurst man who collects minerals as a hobby stumbled across a rare substance that has never been recorded in the New Brunswick Museum’s archives.
Jesse Chamberlain went to a former mining site near Nepisiguit Falls in May to dig for minerals with his girlfriend. After digging about two feet deep into the side of the hill with a small gardening tool, Chamberlain stumbled across a blue-green mineral called melanterite.
“It was the first time I ever seen that colour come out of the ground,” Chamberlain said. “I was very surprised, so I called my girlfriend over to take a look at it. We weren’t sure what it was, so we collected as many samples as we could.” Continue Reading →