Franklin Quarry (Braens Quarry; Moses Bigelow Quarry; Farber Quarry), Franklin Marble, Franklin, Franklin Mining District, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||41° 5' 35'' North , 74° 36' 2'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||41.09306,-74.60056|
|Köppen climate type:||Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate|
An important quarry in the Franklin Marble and is also an important employer in the area. The quarry is now an essential source of crushed stone for road work and the general constructiuon industry. It is located off Cork Hill Road, in the southern portion of Franklin borough, near the Ogdensburg line and between the two zinc orebodies. In the final years of the Sterling Mine's operation, this quarry provided the fine marble aggregate used to backfill mined out areas in that mine. It now keeps its commonly used name as the Franklin Quarry. This locality is within the Franklin Mining District.
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
39 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.
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1000 - 1600 Ma
Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1600 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Franklin Marble
Description: White- to light-gray-weathering, white, grayish-white, or, less commonly pinkish-orange, coarse- to locally fine-crystalline calcite marble with accessory amounts of graphite, phlogopite, chondrodite, clinopyroxene, and serpentine. Contains pods and layers of clinopyroxene-garnet skarn, hornblende skarn, and clinopyroxene-rich rock. Thin layers of metaquartzite occur locally. Intruded by the Mount Eve Granite in the Pochuck Mountain area. Franklin Marble is host to the Franklin and Sterling Hill zinc ore bodies; exploited for talc and asbestiform minerals near Easton, Pennsylvania. Subdivided into an upper marble, "Wildcat marble," and a lower marble, "Franklin marble," by New Jersey Zinc Co. geologists (Hague and others, 1956).
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.