Item description for Mines, Miners, and Minerals of Western North Carolina: Western North Carolina's Hidden Mineralogical Treasures by Lowell Presnell...
Mining in Western North Carolina played an important economic role in the lives of its people and the state's history, but little has been recorded about the industry, especially the day-to-day trials and triumphs of the individual miner. Presented hear are the tales of old-timers as they talk about discovering huge books of mica, outrunning muck cars, and finding out in the nick of time that a mine has bad air. Marvel at Conrad Reed who found an interesting-looking rock (a seventeen-pound gold nugget) or Dr. George Kunz, vice president of Tiffany's, who searched for hiddenite but had to settle for gem-quality emeralds instead. Learn about the famous commercial and private mines that supplied this country with the raw materials needed for defense and technology. Minerals mined in Western North Carolina include alum, asbestos, lay, corundum, copper, chromium, feldspar, granite, gold, graphite, gravel, iron, kyanite, lead, limestone, mica, marble, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, quartz, sand, silver, tin, tungsten, talc, uranium, vermiculite, zinc, and many varieties of gemstones such as diamonds, garnets, emeralds, rubies, and beryl.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2005
Publisher Parkway Publishers
ISBN 1933251050 ISBN13 9781933251059
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More About Lowell Presnell
Presnell is a member of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society and currently holds the office of second vice president.
Lowell Presnell currently resides in the state of North Carolina. Lowell Presnell was born in 1941.
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A Gemof a Book Feb 6, 2007
Lowell Presnell excavates a wealth of information in this historical narrative. The reader is taken back in history to learn of the ancient and historical nature of Western North Carolina and surrounding areas of natural wealth.A must reading for those who are interested in the searching out gems and minerals of this State.