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A variety of Chert

Taconite (also spelled taconyte)
The cherty or jaspery rock that enclosed the Mesabi iron ores in Minnesota. In a somewhat more general sense, it designates any bedded ferruginous chert of the Lake Superior district. [Stokes and Varnes, 1955.]

In Minnesota practice, it is any grade of extremely hard, lean iron ore that has its iron either in banded or well disseminated form and which may be hematite or magnetite, or a combination of the two within the same or body. [Cumming]

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Localities for Taconite

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
  • Western Australia
    • Dundas Shire
      • Mundrabilla Roadhouse
Simpson, E.S. (1938), Some New and Little Known Meteorites Found in Western Australia, Mineralogical Magazine: 25 (December, 1938): 157-171.
  • Ontario
    • Thunder Bay District
      • Lismore Township
Vos, M. A., 1976, Amethyst Deposits of Ontario, Ontario Division of Mines, pp. 99..
      • Paipoonge Township
Vos, M. A., 1976, Amethyst Deposits of Ontario, Ontario Division of Mines, pp. 99..
  • Québec
    • Côte-Nord
      • Caniapiscau RCM
        • Schefferville
Attikamagen Lake Project Summary Report Peir K. Pufahl, Ph.D. & Eric E. Hiatt, Ph.D. July 2, 2008
  • Michigan
      • Marquette iron range
        • Humboldt Township
  • Minnesota
    • St. Louis Co.
      • Mesabi Range
        • Babbitt
        • Hibbing
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