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Harford Co., Maryland, USA
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Harford County is mostly underlain by complex igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Piedmont Province. This includes schists, gneiss and amphibolites of metasedimentary and metavolcanic origin, various granites and rocks of the Cambrian Baltimore Mafic Complex. All of the Piedmont rocks were caught up and deformed in the Ordovician Taconic Orogeny. These rocks are well exposed along the Susquehanna River gorge around Conowingo Dam and in several state parks. At Rocks State Park are good outcrops of schist and metaconglomerate. Palmer State Park features exposures of the Baltimore Gabbro complex. Serpentinite masses, often intruded by odd desilicified albitite dikes have provided some production of feldspar, decorative serpentinite and chromite, generally pre-1914. Lower grade metamorphic rock of the Peach Bottom slate were produced along the north and northwest edge of the County. The southern part of Harford County (generally south of I-95) is underlain by loosely consolidated Cretaceous, Tertiary and Quaternary sediments of the Coastal Plain Province.

Mineral List

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Actinolite
Ankerite
Anthophyllite
Antigorite
var: Picrolite
var: Williamsite
'Apatite'
'Biotite'
Brucite
Calcite
'Chabazite'
Chalcopyrite
'Chlorite Group'
Chromite
Chrysotile
Clinochlore
var: Chromian Clinochlore

var: Ripidolite
Diopside
Dolomite
Enstatite
var: Bronzite

Epidote
'Feldspar Group'
'Garnet'
'Garnierite'
Goethite
Hematite
'Heulandite'
Ilmenite
Laumontite
'Limonite'
Magnesite
var: Breunnerite
Magnetite
Opal
var: Opal-AN

Pyrite
Quartz
var: Chalcedony
var: Jasper
var: Moss Agate
Quartz
var: Smoky Quartz

Rutile
Scolecite
'Serpentine Group'
Staurolite
'Stilbite'
Talc
Titanite
'Tourmaline'
Tremolite
Vermiculite
'Wad'
Zircon


63 entries listed. 28 valid minerals.

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References

Pearre, N. & A. V. Heyl (1960) Mineral deposits in serpentine rocks of the Piedmont Upland, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware: U. S. Geological Survey: Bulletin 1082K: 707-833.

Southwick, D. , J. Owens & J. Edwards (1969) The Geology of Harford County, Maryland: Maryland Geological Survey: County Report: 133 p.


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