|The above photos show the magnetite mineral resources at this
location. The top of the "cliff" is the original ground level with the
slaty layer of magnetite below. Many of the fractures of the rock have
been caused by explosives to break the hard rock into pieces that can
be loaded into trucks and dumped into crushers.
The photos at the right and below show the layering of the magnetite - one of two kinds of minerals that attract magnets (the other, lodestone, not only attracts magnets but is a magnet itself). Between the layers of the usable iron ore (dark gray) are the reddish layers of jasper, a red colored form of chert both of which are micro crystalline forms of the mineral quartz.
Just to the north of this location is an outcrop of Pokegama Quartzite. This rock made from metamorphosed sand is at the bottom of the iron formation. More details of this are on the next page.