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Bald Knob deposit (Primary ore body; Crouse Knob deposit), Bald Knob, Sparta, Alleghany Co., North Carolina, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 33' 0'' North , 81° 5' 45'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 36.55, -81.0958333333

A manganese mine located 2½ miles East of Sparta.

Mineral List

42 valid minerals. 3 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Entries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.

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Ross, Clarence S. and Paul F. Kerr (1932), The Manganese Minerals of a vein near Bald Knob, North Carolina, The American Mineralogist: 17(1)(January): 18.

Rocks & Minerals (1946): 21: 357.

Brannock, K. C (1971), Minerals of the Spinel Group from Alleghany County, North Carolina.

Peacor, D. et al. (1974).

Simmons, W. B., et al. (1981), Manganese Minerals of Bald Knob, North Carolina. Mineralogical Record: 12: 167-171.

Winter, A. Gary, Essene, J. Eric and Pecor, R. Donald (1981), Carbonates and pyroxenoids from the manganese deposit near Bald knob, North Carolina: American Mineralogist: 66: 279-280.

Rocks & Minerals (1985): 60: 130-135.

Economic Geology (1992): 87: 2023-2040.

Bernard, Jan H. and Jaroslav Hyrsl (2004), Minerals and Their Localities: 694.

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