North Carolina’s Minerals

North Carolina has many important deposits of minerals throughout the state. North Carolina is one of the nations leaders in production of Feldspar, Lithium Minerals, Scrap Mica, Olivine, and pyrophylitte. Also NC ranks second in phosphate rock production and in the top 5 in clay and crushed granite production. The official precious stone of NC is the Emerald. Emerald is found near Alexander county in fact the largest Emerald ever found in North America was found here in 1969. The state rock of NC is Granite. Here in Nc they have a very significant amount of Granite and they certainly put it to use. The largest granite quarry in NC is located in Mount Airy. Granite is used in road construction as well as buildings.

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3 Responses to North Carolina’s Minerals

  1. ckloepfer says:

    I always get confused categorically with minerals, When we were studying Mineral I.D. for the first exam I couldn’t get my mind wrapped around Feldspar as a mineral and minerals belonging to a Feldspar group. Still don’t get it 100%.

  2. kevinhornik says:

    I have to say, I never knew that North Carolina is such a big mineral and rock producer. That’s wild.

  3. jasonrossetti says:

    I have been to the Granite Quarry in Mt. Airy. It is pretty amazing to see basically a massive hole in the ground. There is one up where I am from in Ct and it has been filled with water and turned into an outdoor theme park. Its pretty neat..

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