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Pierce Co., Wisconsin, USA

Pierce County is underlain by Cambrian and Ordovician strata, primarily quartz sandstones and dolomitic carbonates. A few isolated outcrops of non-marine Cretaceous strata are known. There is a relatively thin cap of glacial drift left by earlier Pleistocene glaciations. An Ordovician meteor impact structure, the Rock Elm Disturbance, occurs in the eastern part of the County in and north of Nugget Lake County Park. Drusy quartz, dolomite, calcite and goethite pseudomorphs after pyrite occur often in dolostone quarries and outcrops. A few small iron oxide ore deposits were mined from likely Cretaceous lag deposits on top of Ordovician carbonate rocks. The glacial drift hosts a variety of minerals, including drift gold, copper and diamonds, septaria nodules, jasper, banded iron formation and, of course, Lake Superior agates. Several geology displays can be found in the Agriculture and Science Hall on the University of Wisconsin - River Falls campus.

Mineral List

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Almandine
Calcite
Diamond
Dolomite
'Garnet'
Glauconite
Goethite
Gold
Hematite
Magnetite
Marcasite
Platinum
Pyrite
Quartz
Topaz


15 entries listed. 14 valid minerals.

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References

Dott, Robert H. & J.W. Attig, (2004) Roadside Geology of Wisconsin, Mountain Press, 345 p.

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