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Ross Mine, Gaffney Area, Cherokee Co., South Carolina, USAi
Regional Level Types
Ross MineMine
Gaffney AreaArea
Cherokee Co.County
South CarolinaState

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 3' 59'' North , 81° 39' 0'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.06667,-81.65000
GeoHash:G#: dnjzqp8q1
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate
Nearest Settlements:
Gaffney12,566 (2017)0.6km
East Gaffney3,085 (2011)2.2km
Blacksburg1,883 (2017)13.6km
Cowpens2,267 (2017)15.1km
Earl257 (2017)17.6km

Ref.: Dana 7:I:578. A tin mine located near Gaffney.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

3 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: SnO2
Reference: Dana 7:I:578.
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Lininger, Jay L. (1997) A History of the Ross Mine: The Brief Life of the South Carolina Tin Industry, MATRIX, 5:1, 31-41
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Lininger, Jay L. (1997) A History of the Ross Mine: The Brief Life of the South Carolina Tin Industry, MATRIX, 5:1, 31-41

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2

List of minerals for each chemical element

O CassiteriteSnO2
S PyriteFeS2
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Sn CassiteriteSnO2

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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Paleozoic - Neoproterozoic
251.902 - 1000 Ma

ID: 3190741
Precambrian-Phanerozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic to Triassic (251.902 - 1000 Ma)

Comments: Piedmont

Lithology: Felsic paragneiss; amphibolite grade paragneiss/metavolcanic gneiss

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]

Cambrian - Neoproterozoic
485.4 - 1000 Ma

ID: 2986276
Biotite gneiss and muscovite-biotite gneiss

Age: Neoproterozoic to Cambrian (485.4 - 1000 Ma)

Description: Layered biotite-quartz-feldspar gneiss

Comments: Western Piedmont, layered and stratified rocks Original map source: Horton, J.Wright, and Dicken, Connie L., 2001, Preliminary Geologic Map of the Appalachian Piedmont and Blue Ridge, South Carolina Segment: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 01-298, CD, scale 1:500,000.

Lithology: Major:{biotite gneiss}

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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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Lininger, Jay L. (1997) A History of the Ross Mine: The Brief Life of the South Carolina Tin Industry, MATRIX, 5:1, 31-41
Graton, L.C. (1906) Reconnaissance of Some Gold and Tin Deposits of the Southern Appalachians, USGS Bull. 293.
Zodac, Peter (1941) Tin Deposits of North and South Carolina, Rocks & Minerals Magazine, 16:2, 456-459.

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