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Empire Mine, Palmer, Marquette iron range, Marquette Co., Michigan, USA

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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).

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23 valid minerals.

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Paleoproterozoic
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)

Lithology: Major:{banded iron formation}, Minor:{metadiabase}

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. [133]

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References

Rocks & Minerals (1983): 58: 111.

Mining Annual review (1985): 325.

Heinrich & Robinson (2004), Mineralogy of Michigan.

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