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Maine Feldspar Quarry, East Mount Apatite District, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine, USA
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Latitude: 44°5'16"N
Longitude: 70°17'29"W
 
 
Granite pegmatite. Eastern Mt. Apatite group - Oxford pegmatite field.

The Maine Feldspar Co. leased the area in 1902 which resulted in the largest commercial mining excavation at Mount Apatite. Feldspar was mined chiefly for the china and porcelain industry and was first transported to Topsham and later two miles south to their processing plant, established in 1906, at Littlefield Station.

Mining production averaged one hundred and fifty tons of spar each month. The miners, ever mindful of gem material and good specimens, initially sold minerals to John Towne of Brunswick, Maine to handle the disposition of this precious byproduct, until his death, but many local dealers distributed minerals and gem from this locality.

Edson Bastin of the USGS visited the site in August 1906 and again in October 1907. Commercial mining ceased operations in the October, 1929.
Currently owned by the City of Auburn, the Maine Feldspar Quarry is only a small part of the 325 acre “Mount Apatite Park”. Promoted as a multi-use park, it allows hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, limited snowmobiling and mineral collecting. Although collecting has no fee and does not require special permission, the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department should be contacted for specific collecting rules.

Mindat Articles

Lithia Pseudomorphs at Mt. Apatite, Maine, Eastern Group by Douglas Watts


Mineral List

Albite
var: Cleavelandite
Almandine
Annite
Arsenopyrite
Autunite
Bertrandite
Beryl
var: Aquamarine
var: Morganite
'Biotite'
Cassiterite
Columbite-(Mn)
Cookeite
Diadochite
Dickinsonite-(KMnNa)
Elbaite
Eosphorite
Fluorapatite
Gahnite
Goethite
'Gummite'
Hydroxylherderite
Kaolinite
Landesite
Lepidolite
'Limonite'
Lithiophilite
Löllingite
Ludlamite
Magnetite
'Manganese Oxides
var: Manganese Dendrites'

Meta-autunite
Metatorbernite
Microcline
Microlite Group
Mitridatite
Molybdenite
Montebrasite
Montmorillonite
Muscovite
Opal
var: Opal-AN

Orthoclase
Pollucite
Purpurite ?
Pyrite
Pyrrhotite
Quartz
var: Milky Quartz
var: Rock Crystal
var: Smoky Quartz
Rhodochrosite
Schorl
Siderite
Sphalerite
Spodumene
Strunzite
Tantalite-(Mn)
Topaz
Torbernite
'Tourmaline
var: Rubellite'

'var: Verdelite'
'var: Watermelon Tourmaline'
Triplite
Uraninite
Zircon


66 entries listed. 51 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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References

Bastin, Edson S. (1911): Geology of the Pegmatites and Associated Rocks of Maine.

Perham, Jane C. (1985): Maine’s Treasure Chest.

King, V. and Foord, E. (1994) Mineralogy of Maine, volume 1.

King, Vandall T. (2000) Mineralogy of Maine, volume 2.

King, V. T. (2009) Maine Feldspar, Families, and Feuds.

Maine Geological Survey Publication: Mount Apatite Park, Auburn, ME.

City of Auburn Parks and Recreation: Mt. Apatite Park Trail Map and Park Rules.
http://www.auburnmaine.gov/CMSContent/Parks_Recreation/100Mt._Apatite_Map__Brochure_-_Final_-_7-2-13.pdf

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