Graphite – Cumbria
£1.50 – £5.00
Graphite, a rare variety of the carbon mineral from Seathwaite a small hamlet in Borrowdale, Cumbria, UK where the material was once mined. Samples are supplied in a small range of sizes with each piece supplied in a small card tray with an information label.
The Borrowdale Graphite deposit is located at Seathwaite in the Borrowdale valley, in Cumbria. This occurrence is unique in the UK and it is one of only two graphite vein deposits hosted by volcanic rocks worldwide — the other is in southern Spain. At Seathwaite, the graphite occurs in a set of mineralised faults hosted by andesite lavas and sills belonging to the 450 million year old (Ordovician) Borrowdale Volcanic Group. Narrow veins filling fault fissures contain massive graphite and chlorite, but the richest deposits containing nodules of graphite, altered wall rock and brecciated quartz are in pipe-like bodies developed at the intersections of faults. Often referred to as Plumbago or Wad. Samples were collected many years ago.