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Foote Lithium Co. Mine (Foote Mine), Kings Mountain District, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 12' 40'' North , 81° 21' 20'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.2111111111, -81.3555555556
 
An opencast Li-Sn-Be-Nb-Ta-mica-crushed/broken stone mine. Started about 1938 and owned by the Foote Mineral Co.

Mineralization is a lithia-bearing granite pegmatite (quartz-microcline-spodumene pegmatite), hosted in the Cherryville Quartz Monzonite, schist and amphibolite.

Famous for a variety of rare phosphates and silicates.

Local structures include the Kings Mountain Belt.

Mineral List

Actinolite
Albite
var: Oligoclase
Almandine
Altaite
Amblygonite
'Amblygonite-Montebrasite Series'
'Amphibole Supergroup
var: Byssolite'

Analcime
'Apophyllite'
Arsenopyrite
Autunite
Axinite-(Fe)
Bassetite
Bavenite
Beraunite
Bermanite
Bertrandite
Beryl
var: Emerald
Bikitaite
'Biotite'
Birnessite
Bityite
Bornite
Brannockite (TL)
Cacoxenite
Calcioancylite-(Ce)
Calcioferrite
Calcite
Cassiterite
Chalcopyrite
Childrenite
Clinochlore
Clinozoisite
Collinsite
Columbite-(Fe)
Columbite-(Mn)
Cookeite
Cryptomelane
Cyrilovite
Diadochite
Diopside
Dolomite
Dravite
Dufrénite
Eakerite (TL)
Earlshannonite (TL)
Eosphorite
Epidote
Eucryptite
Fairfieldite
Ferraioloite (TL)
Ferrisicklerite
Fersmite
Fluorapatite
var: Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite
Fluorite
Footemineite (TL)
Frondelite
Galena
Graphite
Grossular
Gypsum
Helvine
Herderite
Heterosite
Holmquistite
Hureaulite
Hydromagnesite
Hydroxyapophyllite-(K)
Hydroxylapatite
var: Carbonate-rich Hydroxylapatite

Hydroxylherderite
'Jahnsite'
Jahnsite-(CaMnFe)
Jahnsite-(CaMnMg)
Kastningite
Kayrobertsonite (TL)
Kingsmountite (TL)
Laueite
Laumontite
'Lepidolite'
Leucophosphite
Lithiomarsturite (TL)
Lithiophilite
Lithiophorite
Lithiophosphate
Magnesite ?
Magnetite
Malachite
Mangangordonite (TL)
Marcasite
Matulaite
Messelite
Meta-autunite
Metaswitzerite (TL)
Microcline
Milarite
Mitridatite
Monazite-(Ce)
Montebrasite
Montgomeryite ?
Montmorillonite
Moraesite
Muscovite
Natrolite
Neotocite
Parascholzite
Paravauxite
Parsettensite
Petalite ?
Phenakite
Phlogopite
Phosphophyllite
Phosphosiderite
Prehnite
Pseudolaueite
Purpurite
Pyrite
Pyrrhotite
Quartz
Rhodochrosite
Rittmannite
Robertsite
Rockbridgeite
Roscherite
Roscoelite
Rutile
Santabarbaraite
Scholzite
Schoonerite
Schorl
'Serpentine Subgroup'
Siderite
Spessartine
Sphalerite
Spodumene
Staurolite
Stewartite
Strengite
Strunzite
Sulphur
Swinefordite (TL)
Switzerite (TL)
Talc
Tetrawickmanite (TL)
Tinticite ?
Titanite
var: Stanniferous Titanite
Torbernite
Tremolite
Triphylite
Triploidite ?
Uralolite
Uraninite
Uranophane
Variscite
Vivianite
'Whiteite'
Whiteite-(MnFeMg)
Whitmoreite
Wickmanite
Xanthoxenite
Zabuyelite
'Zinnwaldite'
Zircon


166 entries listed. 151 valid minerals. 13 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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References

Kesler, T.L. (1942) The tin-spodumene belt of the Carolinas. United States Department Of The Interior, Geological Survey Bulletin 936-J: 245-268.

Griffitts, W.R. (1954) Beryllium Resources of the Tin-Spodumene Belt, North Carolina, USGS Circular 309.

Brannock, K.C. (1967) Rocks and Minerals: 42 (June): 403-406.

White Jr., J.S. (1969) A lithiophosphate occurrence in North Carolina. American Mineralogist: 54(10): 1467-1469.

Leavens, P.B., White, J.S., Hey, M.H. (1970) Eakerite-- a New Tin Silicate. The Mineralogical Record: 1(3): 92-96.

White, J.S., Nelen, J.A. (1973) Tetrawickmanite, Tetragonal MnSn(OH)6 A New Mineral From North Carolina, and the Stottite Group. The Mineralogical Record: 4(1): 24-30.

White, J.S., Arem, J.E., Nelen, J.A., Leavens, P.B., Thomssen, R.W. (1973) Brannockite, a new tin mineral. The Mineralogical Record: 4(2): 73-76.

Rocks and Minerals (1975) (November-December).

Thomssen, R.W., Anthony, J.W. (1977) Lithiophilite crystals from the Foote mine. The Mineralogical Record: 8(2): 95-97.

Rocks and Minerals (1978) (July-August).

Dunn, P.J., Peacor, D.R., White, J.S. Ramik, R.A. (1979) Kingsmountite, a new mineral isostructural with montgomeryite. Canadian Mineralogist: 17(3): 579-582.

Wilson, W.F. and McKenzie, B.J. (1980) Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina: 50.

White, J.S. (1981) Mineralogy of the Foote Mine, Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Carolina Geological Society Field Trip Guidebook 1981, 39-48.

Kunasz, I.A. (1982) Foote Mineral Company, Kings Mountain Operation, in: Cerny. P.(Editor): Short Course.

Peacor, D.R., Dunn, P.J., Simmons, W.B. (1984) Earlshannonite, the Mn analogue of whitmoreite, from North Carolina. Canadian Mineralogist: 22(3): 471-474.

Rocks & Minerals (1985): 60: 65, 76-83.

White, J.S., Nelen, J.A. (1987) Monazite and Calcioancylite from the Foote Mine, North Carolina. The Mineralogical Record: 18(3): 203-205.

Peacor, D.R., Dunn, P.J., White Jr., J.S., Grice, J.D., Chi, P.H. (1990) Lithiomarsturite, a new member of the pyroxenoid group, from North Carolina. American Mineralogist: 75(4): 409-414.

Tschernich, R. (1992): Zeolites of the World, 68.

White, J.S. (1994) Saddle-Shaped Rhodochrosite Crystals from the Foote Mine, North Carolina. The Mineralogical Record: 25(2): 131.

Anthony, J.W., Bideaux, R.A., Biadh, K.W.,and Nichols, M.C. (2000), Handbook of Mineralogy, Volume 4, Arsenates, Phosphates, Uraninates, Vanadates, Mineral Data Publishing, Tucson, Arizona: 591.

Freed, H. (2000) Forgotton Emeralds? The Mineralogical Record: 31(6): 518.

Bernard, Jan H. and Jaroslav Hyrsl (2004), Minerals and Their Localities: 67, 85, 106, 190, 198, 357, 376, 395, 567, 658.

Atencio, D., Matioli, P.A., Smith, J.B., Chukanov, N.V., Coutinho, J.M.V., Rastsvetaeva, R.K., Möckel, S. (2008) Footemineite, the Mn-analog of atencioite, from the Foote mine, Kings Mountain, Cleveland County, North Carolina, U.S.A., and its relationship with other roscherite-group minerals. American Mineralogist: 93: 1-6.

External Links

https://books.google.ca/books?id=RacPAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA239#v=onepage&q&f=false - Kesler, T.L. (1942) The tin-spodumene belt of the Carolinas. United States Department Of The Interior, Geological Survey Bulletin 936-J: 245-268.

rruff.geo.arizona.edu/doclib/hom/altaite.pdf

rruff.geo.arizona.edu/doclib/hom/holmquistite.pdf

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