Laurium Mine, Laurium, Houghton Co., Michigan, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||47° 14' 15'' North , 88° 26' 35'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||47.23750,-88.44306|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, USA|
|Köppen climate type:||Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate|
An underground copper mine located just south of Laurium. The prospect was discovered in 1904 by diamond drilling exploration, and a shaft was sunk in 1907. In 1909, the Calumet & Hecla Consolidated Copper Co. took over operations and continued mining until 1920 when the mine closed because of water problems. The shaft reached the 12th level (approx. 1,000 ft. deep) and some exploratory drifting was done. For variety of minerals, Laurium provides perhaps the best collecting in the Keweenaw, especially for the micro-mineral collector.
16 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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1000 - 1200 Ma
|Portage Lake Volcanics|
Age: Stenian (1000 - 1200 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Portage Lake Volcanics
Comments: This unit is the same as unit Yp on paper map of Sims (1992). Description is taken from that unit description.
Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052.