Virginia pegmatite zone-Amelia County

Region East, Southeast
Mineral systems
Deposit types
Other minerals

Information leading to the delineation of this focus area

Basis for focus area Buffered point for pegmatite localities in Amelia County, Virginia (Rutherford No. 3 pegmatite, Rutherford No. 2 pegmatite, Rutherford No. 1 pegmatite).
Identified resources Historical production of feldspar, gemstones, high purity quartz, and mica.
Production Unknown.
Status Past mining.
Estimated resources Unknown, but considered small deposits.
Geologic maps Virginia Division of Mineral Resources (1993), scale 1:500,000.
Geophysical data Inadequate aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric data: aeromagnetic data Rank 4; aeroradiometric Rank 5.
Favorable rocks and structures Pegmatitic deposits.
Deposits Rutherford No. 3 (MRDS dep_id: 10252355), Morefield mine (MRDS dep_id: 10084287).
Evidence from mineral occurrences MRDS.
Geochemical evidence Some elevated Lu in vicinity.
Geophysical evidence Unknown.
Evidence from other sources Unknown.
Comments Known producer but limited spatial extent. The benefit of geophysical surveys not known.
Cover thickness and description Cover less than 100 m?
Authors Nora K. Foley, William L. Lassetter, Arthur J. Merschat.
New data needs Geologic mapping.
Geologic mapping and modeling needs Geologic mapping of pegmatites and surrounding country rocks.
Geophysical survey and modeling needs High resolution aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric coverage to help with framework geology. Aeromagnetic data may image mafic rocks, associated structures, and possibly alteration zones. Radiometric data can help with geologic mapping in vegetated terrane.
Digital elevation data needs Lidar complete.