The study area of  carboniferous gypsum and anhydrites is in the northern part of the province of Nova Scotia, one of the smaller Canadian provinces, precisely in the northern part of Cape Breton Island. The Carboniferous evaporites are the part of wide stratigraphic profile of this island, where we can observe the succession of rocks from Neoproterozoic to Quaternary. The geology of this island can be divided into:
1) Quaternary formations,
2) A group of rocks composed of Late-Devonian, Carboniferous and Mesozoic formations,
3) Pre-carboniferous deposits (Barr and White 2017).
The  Pre-carboniferous deposits were divided according to the Cape Breton tectonostratigraphic division into four zones (Barr and Raeside 1986):
    a) Blair River Inlier,
    b) Aspy,
    c) Bras D’Or,
    d) Mira.
This division is based on stratigraphic data, metamorphism and plutonism of rocks found on the island.

Location of the study area at Dingwall on the background of bedrock geological map and tectonostratigraphic units of Cape Breton Island (geological data: Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Geosciences and Mines Branch, geological explanations: Barr i White 2017.)

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