Geology of the Aurora Phosphate District
Scott W. Snyder, Ronald A. Crowson, Stanley R. Riggs, Patrick M. Mallette, 1986. "Geology of the Aurora Phosphate District", Southeastern United States: Third Annual Midyear Meeting, 1986, Raleigh, North Carolina, Daniel A. Textoris
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The Aurora Phosphate District is located in the general vicinity of Aurora, North Carolina (Fig. 1). It encompasses the area of active mining, and it lies within the Aurora Embayment, a Miocene depocenter bounded to the north and south by paleotopographic highs (Riggs et. al, 1982). The District has been an important producer of phosphate fertilizer products since the opening of the Lee Creek Mine by Texasgulf, Inc. in 1965. With its 1985 purchase of North Carolina Phosphate Corporation, which had planned development of a tract adjacent to the existing Lee Creek Mine, Texasgulf gained control of all known economic phosphate deposits in the Aurora District. In general, economic deposits of phosphate in the North Carolina Coastal Plain occur within 10 miles of Aurora.
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Southeastern United States–Guidebook is comprised of twelve field trips that were organized for the Third Annual Midyear Meeting held in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1986. The spectrum of geologic time represented in the Upper Precambrian, Lower Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic and the very Recent. The geologic provinces are the Valley and Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain. Besides North Carolina, trips include Virginia, South Carolina and West Virginia.