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Burra Burra Mine (Tennessee Copper Company; Copperhill Operations), Ducktown District, Polk Co., Tennessee, USAi
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Burra Burra Mine (Tennessee Copper Company; Copperhill Operations)Mine
Ducktown DistrictMining District
Polk Co.County
TennesseeState
USACountry

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Burra Burra Mine, Ducktown District, Polk Co., Tennessee, USA
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Burra Burra Mine, Ducktown District, Polk Co., Tennessee, USA
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 2' 5'' North , 84° 22' 46'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.03500,-84.37972
GeoHash:G#: dn5zrcut9
USGS MRDS Record:10251584
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Ducktown453 (2017)0.3km
Copperhill328 (2017)5.2km
McCaysville1,083 (2017)5.5km
Epworth480 (2011)9.4km
Mineral Bluff150 (2011)16.4km


Commodities (Major) - Sulfur, Copper, Iron
Development Status: Producer
Deposit Model: 91: Massive sulfide, Besshi
Host Rock Unit: Grenville Series, Battleground Schist, Graywackes And Mica Schists In The Footwall
Structure: NW Limb Of The Burra Anticline, Local Folds Plunging 45 To 65 Deg. NE

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.


Mineral List


12 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Actinolite
Formula: ☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey,2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S Geological Survey,Reston, Virginia
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey,2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S Geological Survey,Reston, Virginia
'Garnet Group'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
Reference: Georgia Mineral Society
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey,2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S Geological Survey,Reston, Virginia
'Hornblende'
Reference: Georgia Mineral Society
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Silver
Formula: Ag
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey,2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S Geological Survey,Reston, Virginia
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Tremolite
Formula: ☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey,2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S Geological Survey,Reston, Virginia

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Gold1.AA.05Au
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Magnetite4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Actinolite9.DE.10☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Tremolite9.DE.10☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'Hornblende'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 66 - INOSILICATES Double-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=2)
Amphiboles - Mg-Fe-Mn-Li subgroup
Tremolite66.1.3a.1☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Actinolite-☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'Hornblende'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Actinolite☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
H Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O CalciteCaCO3
O QuartzSiO2
O Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
O Actinolite☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
O Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
MgMagnesium
Mg Actinolite☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Mg Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
Si Actinolite☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Si Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
SSulfur
S PyriteFeS2
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S GalenaPbS
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca Actinolite☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
Ca Tremolite☐{Ca2}{Mg5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe Actinolite☐{Ca2}{Mg4.5-2.5Fe0.5-2.5}(Si8O22)(OH)2
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AgSilver
Ag SilverAg
AuGold
Au GoldAu
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Neoproterozoic
541 - 1000 Ma



ID: 3187374
Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Precambrian
541 - 4000 Ma



ID: 2958204
Great Smoky Group, including Anakeesta Formation, Thunderhead Sandstone, and Elkmont Sandstone

Age: Precambrian (541 - 4000 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Anakeesta Formation; Thunderhead Sandstone; Elkmont Sandstone

Description: Great Smoky Group - Characterized by very massive layers of coarse graywacke and arkose. The formations have been mapped only in the region of the Great Smoky Mountains. Near Ducktown, in ascending order, the Copperhill, Hughes Gap, Hothouse, and Dean Formations are recognized. Thickness 14,000 to about 40,000 feet. Includes Anakeesta Formation - Dark-gray, bluish-gray, and black slate with dark-gray interbeds of fine-grained sandstone. Thickness 3,000 to 4,500 feet; Thunderhead Sandstone - Coarse, gray feldspathic sandstone, graywacke, and conglomerate; occurs in massive ledges; graded bedding and blue quartz characteristic. Thickness 5,500 to 6,300 feet; Elkmont Sandstone - Coarse to fine, gray feldspathic sandstone, graywacke, and fine conglomerate; generally finer grained beds in lower part; graded bedding typical. Thickness 1,000 to 8,000 feet.

Comments: East-Central sheet Original map source: Greene, D.C., and Wolfe, W.J., 2000, Superfund GIS - 1:250,000 Geology of Tennessee, USGS, (geo250k).

Lithology: Major:{graywacke}, Minor:{conglomerate,arkose,sandstone,slate}

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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Deposit-- MAGEE, MAURICE, 1968, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE DUCKTOWN DISTRICT, TENNSSSEE- IN RIDGE, J.D., ED., ORE DEPOSITS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1933-1967 (GRATON-SALES VOLUME), V. 1, AM. INST. MINING, METALL., AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERS, P. 207-241 Deposit-- BEALL, J. W., 1973, COPPER IN THE U. S. -- A POSITION SURVEY Deposit-- MINING ENGINEERING- SOC. MINING ENGINEERS, V. 25, NO. 4, P.
Deposit-- EMMONS, W. H., AND LANEY, F. B., 1926, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOS Deposit-- THE DUCKTOWN MINING DISTRICT


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