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Stony Point, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 51' North , 81° 3' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.85000,-81.05000
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate

Stony Point is about 35 miles southeast of the Blue Ridge, and 16 miles northeast of Statesville. The surface of the country is rolling, the elevation being about 1000' AMSL. The soil is generally a red, gravelly clay, resulting from the decomposition of the gneissoid rock. Unaltered rock appears at a depth of 26 feet and is unusually hard, especially along the walls of the gem-bearing pockets which form in veins of quartz that traverse the gneiss. These veins are usually quite narrow, and generally strike east and west, and dip to the north. Some of the veins widen out occasionally and form cavities several inches wide and several feet in length, or in rare cases much larger.

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Cambrian - Neoproterozoic
485.4 - 1000 Ma

ID: 2908286
Amphibolite and Biotite Gneiss

Age: Neoproterozoic to Cambrian (485.4 - 1000 Ma)

Description: Interlayered; minor layers and lenses of hornblende gneiss, metagabbro, mica schist, and granitic rock.

Lithology: Major:{amphibolite,biotite gneiss}, Incidental:{mica schist, metagabbro, granitic}

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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Kunz, G. F. 1907. History of the Gems found in North Carolina: Beryl Gems and Spodumene (Hiddenite). North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey, Bulletin No. 12. Chapter 6, pages 37-48.

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