Dr. Barrie Clarke Department of Earth Sciences Dalhousie University, Halifax Dr. Randall Miller Research Curator, Geology and Palaeontology New Brunswick Museum

New Brunswick Museum
New Brunswick Museum
2012
St. George, New Brunswick, CANADA
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
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Transcript

MILLER

So you are looking at a specimen here from the New Brunswick Museum collection that was collected around Bocabec or St. George area, and this looks close to the source of the gabbro that…

CLARKE

Yeah it does, this sample here is one of the many of the black granites that come from the St. George-St. Stephen area of New Brunswick, and it’s interesting because this sample was donated to the museum, sometime late in 1912 or early 1913, right after the headstones were produced for Halifax. So it’s rather.. rather interesting timing and when I look at the texture of this rock, and it is one of the things I have to go by, I’d say it’s pretty close to what I see in the Titanic headstones in Halifax.

MILLER

So these things were marketed as black granite but they are not really…

CLARKE

No, if one of my students called this a black granite on a test I would give him zero, it’s in fact a gabbro, and it has quite different minerals than a granite, and it’s much darker in colour than granites are.


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