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Government Pit (Government Gravel Pits), Albany, Carroll Co., New Hampshire, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 0' 15'' North , 71° 9' 43'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.00417,-71.16194
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate

Granite pegmatite associated with the Conway granite. - The "gravel" is decomposed granite pegmatite from in-situ ledges. It is the "rotten stone" ledges which collectors have worked. (Note: This site is often erroneously cited as being in either Conway or North Conway.)

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30 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

Regional Geology

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Late Jurassic - Middle Jurassic
145 - 174.1 Ma

ID: 2767920
Conway Granite

Age: Jurassic (145 - 174.1 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Conway Granite

Description: Typically pink, coarse-grained mesoperthitic biotite (amphibole-free) granite; locally fine-grained or porphyritic.

Comments: Part of the White Mountain igneous province of McHone and Butler (1984) - Overall part of the White Mountain Plutonic-Volcanic Suite - Includes Cretaceous alkalic syenite to granitic to gabbroic plutons, minor volcanic rocks, and lamprophyre dikes of the New England-Quebec igneous province of McHone and Butler (1984); also includes Jurassic granite and syenite and less abundant quartz syenite, diorite, gabbro, nepheline syenite, and volcanic rocks of the White Mountain igneous province of McHone and Butler (1984). Middle - Late? Jurassic White Mountain Plutonic-Volcanic Suite: Gore Mountain granitic intrusive rocks = 169+/-3 K/Ar per NH013. Percy pluton = 166+/-4 K/Ar per NH013. Pliny Range intrusive rocks = 182+/-4 and 189+/-5 K/Ar per NH013; also 183+/-2 Ar/Ar per NH019. Cannon Mountain pluton = 184+/-4 K/Ar per NH022 and 194+/-4 K/Ar per NH013. Conway Granite = 183+/-5, 182+/-4, 180+/-4, 178+/-4, 171+/-4, and 155+/-4 K/Ar per NH023. Mad River pluton = 178+/-5 K/Ar, 158+/-4 Rb/Sr, biotite, per NH022. Belknap intrusive rocks = 159+/-3 K/Ar per NH022. 161+/-5 Rb/Sr and 158+/-3 K/Ar, biotite, per NH013. 169.3+/-1.7 Rb/Sr per NH033.

Lithology: Major:{granite}

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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Henderson, B. (1983): Microminerals (Mineralogical Record 14(1):47).
Bearss, Gene and Janules, Bob (1992): Miarolitic Cavity Minerals of the Govemment Pit, Albany, New Hampshire (Rocks & Minerals 67:158-169).
Camp, Kristen F. (2011), "Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Anorogenic Granitic Miarolitic Pegmatites Associated with the White Mountain Intrusive Suite, New Hampshire." University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1363.

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