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Rockway Quarry (Limestone Products Corp.), Colonial Heights, Sullivan Co., Tennessee, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 27' 50'' North , 82° 27' 35'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 36.46389,-82.45972
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

A former limestone deposit/quarry located 4.5 km (2.8 miles) ESE of Colonial Heights, along the South Fork Holston River. Operated by Limestone Products Corporation.

Mineralization is a sedimentary deposit of the Ordovician Knox Group.

Mineral List

3 valid minerals.

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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Ordovician - Cambrian
443.8 - 541 Ma

ID: 2947830
Knox Group, including Jonesboro Limestone, Newala Formation, Mascot Dolomite, Kingsport Formation, Longview Dolomite, Chepultepec Dolomite, Copper Ridge Dolomite, Conococheague Limestone

Age: Paleozoic (443.8 - 541 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Jonesboro Limestone; Newala Formation; Mascot Dolomite; Kingsport Formation; Longview Dolomite; Chepultepec Dolomite; Copper Ridge Dolomite; Conococheague Limestone

Description: Knox Group, including (Ojb) Jonesboro Limestone - Dark bluish-gray, ribboned (silt and dolomite) limestone; numerous interbeds of dark-gray dolomite; quartz sandstone at base. Erosional unconformity at top. Thickness about 2,000 feet; (On) Newala Formation; (Oma) Mascot Dolomite - Light-gray, fine-grained, well-bedded cherty dolomite; mottled (red and green) dolomite characteristic; interbeds of bluish-gray limestone in upper part; chert-matrix quartz sandstone at base. Erosional unconformity at top. Thickness 350 to 800 feet; (Ok) Kingsport Formation - Gray, fine-grained, sparingly cherty dolomite with basal dense, gray limestone sequence. Thickness about 250 feet; (Olv) Longview Dolomite - Siliceous, gray, fine-grained, medium-bedded dolomite; interbeds of gray limestone in upper part. Thickness about 300 feet; (Oc) Chepultepec Dolomite - Light-gray, fine-grained, well-bedded dolomite, moderately cherty; fine-grained limestone locally in upper part; quartz sandstone beds at base. Thickness about 800 feet; (Ccr) Copper Ridge Dolomite - Coarse, dark-gray, knotty dolomite, asphaltic in places; with much gray, medium-grained, well- bedded dolomite; abundant chert; cryptozoans typical. Thickness about 1,000 feet.; (Ccc) Conococheague Limestone - Well-bedded, ribboned (silt and dolomite), dark-gray limestone; interbeds of fine-grained, light- to dark-gray dolomite; sparingly cherty; cryptozoans typical. Thickness about 1,500 feet.

Comments: East sheet

Lithology: Major:{limestone,dolostone}, Incidental:{sandstone}

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]

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Hershey, Robert E. and Maher, Stuart W. (1963), Tennessee Division of Geology Bulletin 65: 185.
Ransom, Jay Ellis (1974), Gems and Minerals of America: 537.

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