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Are there any other sites in the US with a high amount of mineral diversity as found in New Jersey?

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My first post here. : )  Greetings,all.


I wanted to know if there were other sites like the Steling Hill Mine in new Jersey, where there are loads of minerals, some unique to the area.


Thanks! : )
asked Sep 20, 2017 by IleneQss4804 (120 points)

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Yes, there are mines in the Keeweenaw Peninsula in Houghton, Michigan, there are mines in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. North Carolina has some. I know enough to be dangerous. I know there are many more. Really, Alaska, Hawaii, most anywhere there has been volcanic activity. Arkansas has some diamond mines. All depends what you are looking for. Huge amethyst mines in Canada just above Lake Superior. Volcanic rift formed Lake Superior and Lake Ontario. Purest copper in the world in the Keeweenaw
answered Sep 22, 2017 by Weasel (58,800 points)
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Hi Ilene,

Sterling Hill, NJ is famous for it's Zinc and Iron Deposits, but it depends on what you are looking for. Minerals in the true since of the word exclude metals (primarily southwest - think Nevada and silver), but areas such as West Virginia have significant coal deposits. There are also significant salt deposits in Utah, and Iron is quite plentiful in Kentucky.

If you are interested in the grand-daddy of all mineral deposits, think Australia. Most of the center is dry and ripe for mineral excavation. There you can find, gold, silver, uranium, iron, calcium carbonate, and my favorite, diamonds. The largest diamond mine in the world is the Argyle Mine in Australia. Diamond also happens to be hardest mineral in the world. Not sure if I can provide a link here or not, so I won't but just google Argyle Mine and you'll find an amazing treasure trove of all sorts of minerals.
answered Oct 9, 2017 by JWinter (300 points)
Every continent has a treasure trove of good mineral localities. The questioner asked specifically for the U.S. Some additional exceptional U.S. localities that come to mind are Bisbee, AZ, Balmat, NY, Cave-in-Rock, IL, Pala, CA, Grave Mountain, GA, Hiddenite, NC, Elmwood Mine, TN, Magnet Cove, AK, and Joplin, MO.