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Foote Lithium Co. Mine (Foote Mine), Kings Mountain District, Cleveland Co., North Carolina, USA
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Photo: JBS 2006
Latitude: 35°12'40"N
Longitude: 81°21'20"W
 
 
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'
Analcime
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
Ferrisicklerite
Fersmite
Fluorapatite
var: Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite
Fluorite
Footemineite (TL)
Frondelite
Galena
Graphite
Grossular
Gypsum
Helvine
Heterosite
Holmquistite
Hureaulite
Hydromagnesite
Hydroxyapophyllite-(K)
Hydroxylapatite
var: Carbonate-rich Hydroxylapatite

Hydroxylherderite
'Jahnsite'
Jahnsite-(CaMnFe)
Jahnsite-(CaMnMg)
Jungite ?
Kastningite
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 ?
Moraesite
Muscovite
Natrolite
Neotocite
Nordgauite
Parascholzite
Paravauxite
Parsettensite
Petalite ?
Phosphophyllite
Phosphosiderite
Prehnite
Pseudolaueite
Purpurite
Pyrite
Pyrrhotite
Quartz
Rhodochrosite
Rittmannite
Robertsite
Rockbridgeite
Roscherite
Roscoelite
Rutile
Scholzite
Schoonerite
Schorl
'Serpentine Group'
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


159 entries listed. 147 valid minerals. 11 type localities (valid minerals). 1 erroneous literature entry.

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References

Kesler, T, L, (1942): The tin-spodumene belt of the Carolinas. -U.S.DEPT.OF THE INTERIOR, GEOL SURVEY, BULL. 936-J., P. 245-268.(+MAPS,FIGURES)

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.

American Mineralogist (1969): 54: 1467-1469.

Mineralogical Record (1970): 1: 92.

Mineralogical Record (1973) (January-February): 4: 24-30.

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

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

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

Canadian Mineralogist (1979): 17: 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., et al (1984), Canadian Mineralogist: 22: 471-474.

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

Mineralogical Record (1987): 18: 203-205.

American Mineralogist (1990): 75: 409-414.

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

White, John Sampson, Mineralogical Record (1994): 25: 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, Hilton (2000), Forgotton Emeralds?: Mineralogical Record: 31 (Nov-Dec): 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

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

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

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