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Geology of the Aurora Phosphate District

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Scott W. Snyder
Scott W. Snyder
1
Department of Geology, East Carolina University
,
Greenville, N.C.
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Ronald A. Crowson
Ronald A. Crowson
2
Department of Earth Sciences, North Carolina State University
,
Raleigh, N.C.
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Stanley R. Riggs
Stanley R. Riggs
1
Department of Geology, East Carolina University
,
Greenville, N.C.
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Patrick M. Mallette
Patrick M. Mallette
1
Department of Geology, East Carolina University
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Greenville, N.C.
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Published:
January 01, 1986

Abstract

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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SEPM Field Trip Guidebook

Southeastern United States: Third Annual Midyear Meeting, 1986, Raleigh, North Carolina

Daniel A. Textoris
Daniel A. Textoris
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
Volume
5
ISBN electronic:
9781565762800
Publication date:
January 01, 1986

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