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Bessie Bell Mountain occurrence, Bessie Bell Mountain, Woodville, Rappahannock Co., Virginia, USA

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Halladay (1978) described a linear zone of radiation anomalies extending from approximately Rt 522 just east of Woodville northeast across Bessie Bell Mountain, and the eastern part of Red Oak Mountain, to Rt 211 near Amissville. The zone is in the augen-gneiss of the Lovingston formation and closely parallels the contact with the Mechum formation. In the areas of higher radiation Halladay noted thorium and REE-bearing pegmatite float and “nodules”, perhaps derived from weathered pegmatite. At the southern end of the anomoly zone, near Rt 522 and the southern end of Bessie Bell Mountain, Halladay (1978) noted a apatite-magnetite-quartz lithology in veins. The apatite contained thorium and REE's.

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Dietrich, R. V. (1990), Minerals of Virginia.

Baillieul, T. A., and Daddazio,P.L. (l982), A Vein-type Uranium Environment in the Precambrian Lovingston Formation, Central Virginia: Virginia Division of Mineral Resources Publication 38, 12 p. 

Halladay, C.R. (1978), Rare-earth and thorium mineralization in southeastern Rappahannock County, Virginia, in Contributions to Virginia geology-III: Virginia Division of Mineral Resources Publication 7, p.87-89.

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