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Sinkhole Mine, Bandana, Mitchell Co., North Carolina, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 58' North , 82° 10' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.96667,-82.16667
GeoHash:G#: dnmsd7811
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Granite pegmatite that has been mined since ancient times. Located at Bandana, near Micaville. First prospected by Native Americans for the mica which was used as ornamental items, the mine closed in the 1960's.
produced high grade "ruby" sheet muscovite.

Mineral List

9 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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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541 - 1000 Ma

ID: 2860139
Ashe Metamorphic Suite and Tallulah Falls Formation; Amphibolite

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Ashe Metamorphic Suite; Tallulah Falls Formation

Description: Equigranular, massive to well foliated, interlayered, rarely discordant, metamorphosed intrusive to extrusive mafic rock; may include metasedimentary rock.

Lithology: Major:{amphibolite}, Minor:{metasedimentary}

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]

541 - 1000 Ma

ID: 3186076
Neoproterozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Lithology: Volcanic rocks

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]

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OLSON, J. C. (1944), NC DEPT OF CONS & DEVEL BULL 43: 54-55.
Rocks & Minerals (1995): 60: 66.
Jacquot, Jr., Richard James (2003), Rock, Gem, and Mineral Collecting Sites In Western North Carolina: 46.
Streeter, Michael (2003), A Rockhounding Guide to North Carolinas Blue Ridge Mountains: 82-83.

External Links

www.geology.enr.state.nc.us/proj_earth/feldspar_data.html (Feldspar-North Carolina Geological Survey)

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