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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.
The Foote Mine has been closed to collecting for many years and most of the dumps and workings have been reclaimed.

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


152 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.

Mills, S.J., Grey, I.E., Kampf, A.R., Birch, W.D., MacRae, C.M., Smith, J.B., Keck, E. (2016): Kayrobertsonite, MnAl2(PO4)2(OH)2·6H2O, a new phosphate mineral related to nordgauite. European Journal of Mineralogy, 28, 649-654.

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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