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by Jean H. Seaman, 2006

Part 1: Introduction; Part 2: Important Minerals, Gems, and Rocks Mined in North Carolina; Part 3: References


P. A. Carpenter III, Metallic Mineral Deposits of North Carolina, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development Bulletin no. 84 (1976).

Jasper Leonidas Stuckey, North Carolina: Its Geology and Mineral Resources (1965).

W. F. Wilson and B. J. McKenzie, Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, Information Circular 24 (1978).

Additional Resources:

"Mineral Resources." N.C. Geological Survey, Deparment of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (accessed December 6, 2012).

"North Carolina State Minerals Information." U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior. (accessed December 6, 2012).

Jeffrey C. Reid, and Carpenter, Robert H. "Mineral Industry In North Carolina In 1996." North Carolina Geological Survey. December 19, 1997. (accessed December 6, 2012).

Presnell, Lowell. Mines, miners, and minerals: western North Carolina's mountain empire. Alexander, NC: WorldComm. 1999.

Genth, Frederick Augustus. Bulletin of the United States Geological Survey No. 74: The Minerals of North Carolina. Washington [D.C.]: Government Printing Office. 1981. (accessed December 6, 2012).

Kunz, George Frederick. North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey Bulletin No.12: The History of the Gems Found in North Carolina. Raleigh [N.C.]: E.M. Uzzell & Co. 1907. (accessed December 6, 2012).




May I suggest an article about the Tungsten mine in Vance County.At one time this was one of the largest tungsten mine in the USA.


Thanks! We will add it to our "needs" list. In the meantime, if you know of a subject expert who might be willing to contribute an article on the topic, please let us know!


Michelle Underhill, NC Government & Heritage Library

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