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Fontana Mine, Swain County Copper District (Fontana District), Swain Co., North Carolina, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 28' 42'' North , 83° 46' 6'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.47842,-83.76851
Other regions containing this locality:Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina/Tennessee, USA
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Eagle Creek Mine


Commodities (Major) - Zinc, Copper; (Trace) - Lead, Gold, Silver
Deposit Type: Stratabound Exhalative
Development Status: Past Producer
Deposit Model: 91: Massive sulfide, Besshi
Host Rock Unit: Anakeesta Formation , Chlorite-Mica Schist And Phyllite, Clay Residuum?
Structure: Northeast-Trending Strike Belts; Deposit Is Within A Northeast-Trending Sheared Zone Within The Phyllite., Plunge Of Ore Body Is Essentially Parallel To Plunge Of Tiny Foliation Crinkles Of The Sheared Phyllite Host Rock.
Host Rock: Schist, Phyllite, Sandstone
Tectonic Structure: Folded Blue Ridge Province
Mine is in the Great Smokys National Park. No collecting allowed.


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25 valid minerals.

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Regional Geology

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Neoproterozoic
541 - 1000 Ma



ID: 2859798
Ocoee Supergroup, Great Smokey Group; Slate of Copperhill Formation

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Copperhill Formation

Description: Slate to phyllite, dark gray, graphitic, sulfidic; includes metagraywacke with local graded bedding.

Lithology: Major:{slate,phyllite}, Minor:{metagraywacke}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

Neoproterozoic
541 - 1000 Ma



ID: 2198829
Copperhill Formation

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Description: dark-gray slaty, locally graphitic and sulfidic metasiltstone, interbedded with metagraywacke

Reference: Southworth, S., A. Schultz, D. Denenny. Geologic Map of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Region, Tennessee and North Carolina. USGS Open-File Report 2005-1225. [33]

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References

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LANEY, F.B. (1907), COPPER DEPOSITS OF SWAIN COUNTY, IN PRATT, J.H., THE MINING INDUSTRY IN NORTH CAROLINA DURING 1906: NORTH CAROLINA GEOL. AND ECON. SURVEY, ECON. PAPER 14, P. 72-79.
ROSS, C.F. (1935), ORIGIN OF THE COPPER DEPOSITS OF THE DUCKTOWN TYPE IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN REGION: U.S GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROFESSIONAL PAPER 179
MURDOCK, T. G. (1948), THE MINING INDUSTRY IN NORTH CAROLINA FROM 1945. NORTH CAROLINA DEPT. OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT ECONOMIC PAPER NO. 65, PP. 8-10.
Espenshade, Gilbert H. (1963), Geology of some Copper Deposits in North Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama: Geological Survey Bulletin 1142-1.
Hammarstrum, Jane M., Meier, Allen L., Seal II, Robert R. and Jackson, John C. (2003), Weathering of Sulfidic Shale and Copper Mine Waste: Secondary Minerals and Metal Cycling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina, USA, USGS.
Mineral Commodity Files,Asheville Regional Office, North Carolina Geological Survey

External Links

northshoreroad.info/topographyggeologysoils.pdf (p. 84)

 
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