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Paxton Quarry, Paxton, Alpena Co., Michigan, USAi
Regional Level Types
Paxton QuarryQuarry
Paxton- not defined -
Alpena Co.County

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° 3' 39'' North , 83° 36' 51'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 45.06111,-83.61417
GeoHash:G#: f0h83745b
Locality type:Quarry
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate
Nearest Settlements:
Alpena10,175 (2017)14.2km
Ossineke938 (2017)22.2km
Hillman669 (2017)22.5km
Posen225 (2017)23.3km
Hubbard Lake1,002 (2017)33.9km

A former stone deposit/quarry previously owned by National Gypsum Company, it was purchased by Lafarge in 1987. Lafarge operated the quarry through 1994 mining Antrim shale. Reclamation started in the late 1990's. Since 2003, the quarry has been further reclaimed, and is now in a "semi-native" state. It is now a Wildlife Habitat Council "Certified Site", and has quickly become a popular park for fishing and grade school field trips. However, Lafarge still owns the land, so this is hardly a public park.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

7 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Rocks & Min.: 58:108.
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Rocks & Min.: 58:108.
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Rocks & Min.: 58:108.
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Rocks & Min.: 58:108.
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Rocks & Min.: 58:108.
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Rocks & Min.: 58:108.
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Rocks & Min.: 58:108.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si

List of minerals for each chemical element

C CalciteCaCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O CalciteCaCO3
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O QuartzSiO2
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Si QuartzSiO2
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S MarcasiteFeS2
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe MarcasiteFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Zn SphaleriteZnS

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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251.902 - 541 Ma

ID: 3187973
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Phanerozoic (251.902 - 541 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]

Late Devonian
358.9 - 382.7 Ma

ID: 2980827
Antrim Shale

Age: Late Devonian (358.9 - 382.7 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Antrim Shale

Description: Secondary unit description from USGS Geologic Names lexicon (ref. MI016): The Antrim is dark gray or brown to largely black, highly carbonaceous, thinly laminated shale with meager fossil content except for profuse algal spores. Large dark brown, bituminous and pyritic limestone concretions occur in the lower Antrim and are typically from 9.6 to 1.5 m in diameter.

Comments: Original map source: Cannon, W.F., Kress, T.H., Sutphin, D.M., Morey, G.B., Meints, Joyce, and Barber-Delach, Robert, 1997, Digital Geologic Map and mineral deposits of the Lake Superior Region, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan: USGS Open-File Report 97-455 (version 3, Nov. 19

Lithology: Major:{black shale}, Incidental:{limestone}

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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Rocks & Minerals (1983): 58: 108-109.
Robinson, G.W. (2004) Mineralogy of Michigan by E.W. Heinrich (2nd edition). A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, 252 pages.

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