Burelson Asbestos Mine

Past Producer in Avery county in North Carolina, United States with commodities Asbestos, Talc-Soapstone

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10026088
MRDS ID K002551
Record type Site
Current site name Burelson Asbestos Mine
Related records 10126573

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -81.95706, 36.06203 (WGS84)
Elevation 1219
Relative position 2.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NEWLAND AND 0.6 MILES NORTH OF MT. PLEASANT CHURCH
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States North Carolina Avery

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Asbestos Primary
Talc-Soapstone Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Talc Ore

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Gneiss
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic

Nearby scientific data

(1) -81.95706, 36.06203

Ore body information

  • General form OVAL
    Width 22.86M
    Length 30.48M

Comments on the geologic information

  • ENSTATOLITE OUTCROPS ARE WELL EXPOSED AND COMPOSED OF LARGE INTERLOCKING CRYSTALS OF ANTHOPHYLLITE AND ENSTATITE. TALC IS PRESENT IN SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS, LAYERING IS A DISTINCT FEATURE. AND INDIVIDUAL LAYERS RANGE FROM LESS THAN 2 FEET UP TO 5 FEET IN THICKNESS. THE BODY IS CUT BY NUMEROUS VEINS OF CROSS-FIBER ANTHOPHYLLITE. MOST VEINS ARE ORIENTED PERPENDICULAR TO LAYERING.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Non-metallic
Significant No
Year of first production 1958
Production years 1958-?

Mining district

District name Spruce Pine Area

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Powhatan Mining Co.
    Home office Baltimore, Md.

Comments on the production information

  • A SMALL AMOUNT OF MASS-FIBER AND SLIP-FIBER ASBESTOS WAS PRODUCED.

Comments on the workings information

  • MINE WORKINGS CONSIST OF VERTICAL FACE 15 FEET HIGH AND 30 TO 40 FEET WIDE. BEST ORE FROM NORTHEAST SIDE OF FACE.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS K002551

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    CONRAD, S.G., AND OTHERS, 1963, ANTHOPHYLLITE ASBESTOS IN NORTH CAROLINA: NORTH CAROLINA DIV. MINERAL RESOURCES BULL. 77, 61P

  • Production

    CONRAD, S.G., AND OTHERS, 1963, N.C. DIV. MIN. RES. BULL. 77.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUL-1974 Fagan, James M. U.S. Geological Survey