Empire Mine, Palmer, Marquette iron range, Marquette Co., Michigan, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||46° 26' North , 87° 35' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||46.43333,-87.58333|
An opencast iron mine with an 8.1 million tons/yr capacity. Owned by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. (1985), then operated by the Empire Iron Mining Co. (1988).
23 valid minerals.
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1600 - 2500 Ma
|Menominee Group; Negaunee Iron-formation|
Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Negaunee Iron Formation
Description: Highly metamorphosed banded iron-formation. Principal iron-formation in Marquette trough and nearby areas. Includes abundant metadiabase sills.
Comments: Continental margin assemblage (north of Niagara Fault)
Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. 
Mining Annual review (1985): 325.
Heinrich & Robinson (2004), Mineralogy of Michigan.