Definition of Gossan

1. n. Decomposed rock, usually reddish or ferruginous (owing to oxidized pyrites), forming the upper part of a metallic vein.



Definition of Gossan

1. Noun. (geology) decomposed rock, usually reddish or ferruginous (owing to oxidized pyrites), forming the upper part of a metallic vein ¹

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Definition of Gossan

1. a type of decomposed rock [n -S]

Medical Definition of Gossan

1. Decomposed rock, usually reddish or ferruginous (owing to oxidized pyrites), forming the upper part of a metallic vein. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gossan

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Literary usage of Gossan

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1. The Copper Mines of the World by Walter Harvey Weed (1907)
"V OUTCROPS AND gossan FORMATION ALL copper deposits alter by exposure to the ... Many worthless veins show great gossan outcrops; and in moist countries the ..."

2. Iron Ores: Their Occurrence, Valuation, and Control by Edwin Clarence Eckel (1914)
"Character of the gossan Ores.—The residual gossan ores are commonly spongy or cellular in character, but this characteristic is not unfailing, ..."

3. Iron Ores: Their Occurrence, Valuation, and Control by Edwin Clarence Eckel (1914)
"Character of the gossan Ores.—The residual gossan ores are commonly spongy or cellular in character, but this characteristic is not unfailing, ..."

4. Mineral Resources of Virginia by Thomas Leonard Watson, Ray Smith Bassler, Heinrich Ries, Roy Jay Holden (1907)
"During 1854-5 there were 8 producing mines on the "gossan Lead. ... The "gossan Lead" lies in the crystalline schists and its strike conforms very closely ..."

5. Report by Tasmania Dept. of Mines (1900)
"then 24 feet of gossan, with a couple of strings of galena, and finally into a ... At surface the gossan is hidden under clay. A main shaft, well timbered, ..."

6. Geology by Alexander Henry Green (1882)
"gossan.—The contents of a lode along the back are usually altered by the action of the air, and differ very much in appearance from what is seen in the lode ..."

7. Mining Engineers' Handbook by Robert Peele (1918)
"Size of gossan and amount of limonite idea of the size of deposit beneath. ... Form of the gossan is usually the same as the form of mineral body : veins ..."

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