Pelham asbestos quarry

past producer of asbestos in Hampshire county, MA

Geologic information

Name of sitePelham asbestos quarry
Developmentpast producer
StateMA
CountyHampshire
Geographic location:-72.441, 42.35
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Fibrous mineralanthophyllite asbestos, chrysotile
Associated mineralsantigorite
olivine
enstatite
chromite
magnetite
talc
chlorite
anorthite
rutile
tourmaline
allanite
apatite
zoisite
biotite
vermiculite
actinolite
corundum
hornblende
epidote
Host rock typesmetaharzburgite
Geologic map unit-72.441, 42.35
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Reference information

Adams, J.H., 1870, Notice of asbestus and corundum with other minerals at Pelham, Mass.: American Journal of Science and Arts, v. 49, no. 146, p. 271-272.
Emerson, B.K., 1898, Geology of Old Hampshire County, Massachusetts, comprising Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties: U.S. Geological Survey Monograph 29, 790 p., 35 plates.
[http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/m29]
Emerson, B.K., 1917, Geology of Massachusetts and Rhode Island: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 597, 289 p., 10 plates.
[http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/b597]
Pearre, N.C., 1956, Mineral deposits and occurrences in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, exclusive of clay, sand and gravel, and peat: U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Investigations Resource Map MR-4, scale 1:500,000.
[http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/mr4]
Shannon, E.V., 1919, Famous mineral localities--The Pelham asbestus mine, Massachusetts: American Mineralogist, v. 4, no. 4, p. 37-39.
[http://www.minsocam.org/ammin/AM4/AM4_37.pdf]
Veblen, D.R., 1980, Anthophyllite asbestos--Microstructures, intergrown sheet silicates, and mechanisms of fiber formation: American Mineralogist, v. 65, nos. 11 and 12, p. 1075-1086.
[http://www.minsocam.org/ammin/AM65/AM65_1075.pdf]