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French Creek Mines, St. Peters, Warwick Township, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 40° 10' 59'' North , 75° 43' 0'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 40.1833333333, -75.7166666667

This mine includes the old Klein (lower) and Elizabeth (upper) mines and the Crossley pits. Located near St. Peters. Dumps have produced specimens to now.

The French Creek iron ores are a “Cornwall type” iron ore deposit (Lapham and Gray, 1972). Many examples of this type of iron deposit, including two very large ones, occur in the east-west neck that connects the Newark and Gettysburg Basins. This neck is filled by late Triassic age clastic and lacustrine sediments and has been heavily intruded by thick sheets of early Jurassic age diabase.

The margins of the neck are complexly faulted. In some places, the diabase intrudes the older country rocks on which the Triassic-Jurassic Basin has been superimposed. In most cases the intruded older rocks are Paleozoic shelf carbonates. In places where a diabase sheet intrudes into the complex basin margin and isolates a mass of carbonate rock above it the magnetite skarn of a Cornwall type iron deposit can develop. However, many aspects of the ore forming process remain to be resolved.

The French Creek ore deposit is a little different because the carbonate rock replaced by magnetite skarn is proterozoic marble (Smith, 1931). In the French Creek area, the southern margin of the Triassic sediments rests on the Precambrian metamorphic rocks of the Honeybrook upland. The Precambrian rocks are graphitic biotite gneiss with a few local pods or bands of marble. The marble occurrences are similar to those in the eastern block of the Reading Prong Highlands in New Jersey and the adjacent Hudson Highlands in New York.

At French Creek Jurassic diabase intrudes the Honeybrook rocks that included two significantly large pods of marble. The smaller marble lens was in close proximity to the diabase while only the lower part of the larger lens was in contact with the intrusive rocks. The marble was replaced to varying degrees by magnetite skarn.

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Grant (1974), Pennsylvania Minerals (PM)(134) (February), Keystone Newsletter.

Lapham, D.M., and Gray, C., (1972), Geology and origin of the Triassic magnetite deposit and diabase at Cornwall, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Topographic and Geologic Survey Mineral Resources Report M56, 343 pp.

Reed, Juliet C. (1976), Annotated Bibliography of Minerals New to the Pennsylvania List 1965-1974, The Mineralogical Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.: 19 & 26, 50-51, 53.

Rocks & Minerals (1989): 64(7).

Smith, L., 1931, Magnetite deposits of French Creek, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geol. Survey, 4th ser. Bull. M 14, pp. 35-37.

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