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Granite Railway Quarry (Granite Rail Quarry), Quincy, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USAi
Regional Level Types
Granite Railway Quarry (Granite Rail Quarry)Quarry
Quincy- not defined -
Norfolk Co.County
MassachusettsState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
42° 14' 39'' North , 71° 2' 7'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Milton27,003 (2017)2.6km
Quincy93,618 (2017)2.9km
Braintree33,509 (2017)3.8km
Weymouth54,395 (2017)8.3km
Randolph32,112 (2017)9.1km


Granite quarry, opened in 1826. After many years of people diving into the flooded quarry and getting injured or killed, it was finally mostly filled in. This is also the location of what is generally considered the first railroad in America, the Granite Railway.

From the Massachusetts Dept of Energy and Environmental Affairs:
It was here in West Quincy that America's large scale granite quarrying industry was born in 1825 when, after an exhaustive search throughout New England, Solomon Willard selected the area as the source of stone for the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. With his development of the revolutionary construction techniques that made hard Quincy granite a practical building stone, Willard earned the title "Father of the Granite Industry". The Granite Railway, a Civil Engineering Landmark, was established in 1826. It was designed and constructed by railway pioneer Gridley Bryant, and many of his inventions are still in use today. Quincy became known nationwide as "The Granite City". The last active quarry closed in 1963; in 1985, the then Metropolitan District Commission purchased 22 acres including Granite Railway Quarry.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


11 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Aegirine
Formula: NaFe3+Si2O6
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
'Apatite'
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Dale, 1908. The Commercial Granites of MA, NH, and RI
Epidote
Formula: {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
'Hornblende'
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
Ilmenite
Formula: Fe2+TiO3
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
'Leucoxene'
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
Orthoclase
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
Quartz var: Blue Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: P Cristofono collection 2010
Riebeckite
Formula: ◻[Na2][Fe2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH)2
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.
'Riebeckite Root Name'
Formula: ◻[Na2][Z2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
Reference: P. Cristofono collection
'Riebeckite Root Name var: Crocidolite'
Formula: ◻[Na2][Z2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
Reference: P. Cristofono collection
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)
Reference: Dale, T.N. (1908) The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. United States Geological Survey, Bulletin 354, 228 pages.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 3 - Halides
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Blue Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Aegirine9.DA.25NaFe3+Si2O6
Epidote9.BG.05a{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Orthoclase9.FA.30K(AlSi3O8)
Riebeckite9.DE.25◻[Na2][Fe2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH)2
Zircon9.AD.30Zr(SiO4)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Apatite'-Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
'Chlorite Group'-
'Hornblende'-
'Leucoxene'-
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Riebeckite Root Name'-◻[Na2][Z2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
'var: Crocidolite'-◻[Na2][Z2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Ilmenite4.3.5.1Fe2+TiO3
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in >[6] coordination
Zircon51.5.2.1Zr(SiO4)
Group 58 - SOROSILICATES Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups
Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups with cations in [6] and higher coordination; single and double groups (n = 1, 2)
Epidote58.2.1a.7{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Aegirine65.1.3c.2NaFe3+Si2O6
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Orthoclase76.1.1.1K(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Apatite'-Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
'Chlorite Group'-
'Hornblende'-
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
'Leucoxene'-
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Quartz
var: Blue Quartz
-SiO2
Riebeckite-◻[Na2][Fe2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH)2
'Riebeckite Root Name'-◻[Na2][Z2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
'var: Crocidolite'-◻[Na2][Z2+3Fe3+2]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Riebeckite Root Name (var: Crocidolite)◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
H Riebeckite◻[Na2][Fe32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH)2
H ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
H Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H Riebeckite Root Name◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O Riebeckite Root Name (var: Crocidolite)◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
O Riebeckite◻[Na2][Fe32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH)2
O AegirineNaFe3+Si2O6
O OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
O QuartzSiO2
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
O ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
O Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O HematiteFe2O3
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O CalciteCaCO3
O Quartz (var: Blue Quartz)SiO2
O Riebeckite Root Name◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
FFluorine
F Riebeckite Root Name (var: Crocidolite)◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
F ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
F FluoriteCaF2
F Riebeckite Root Name◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
NaSodium
Na Riebeckite Root Name (var: Crocidolite)◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
Na Riebeckite◻[Na2][Fe32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH)2
Na AegirineNaFe3+Si2O6
Na Riebeckite Root Name◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
AlAluminium
Al OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
Al Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
SiSilicon
Si Riebeckite Root Name (var: Crocidolite)◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
Si Riebeckite◻[Na2][Fe32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH)2
Si AegirineNaFe3+Si2O6
Si OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
Si QuartzSiO2
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
Si Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si Quartz (var: Blue Quartz)SiO2
Si Riebeckite Root Name◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
PPhosphorus
P ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
ClChlorine
Cl Riebeckite Root Name (var: Crocidolite)◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
Cl ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Cl Riebeckite Root Name◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
KPotassium
K OrthoclaseK(AlSi3O8)
CaCalcium
Ca ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Ca Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca FluoriteCaF2
TiTitanium
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
FeIron
Fe Riebeckite Root Name (var: Crocidolite)◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
Fe Riebeckite◻[Na2][Fe32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH)2
Fe AegirineNaFe3+Si2O6
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Fe Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe Riebeckite Root Name◻[Na2][Z32+Fe23+]Si8O22(OH,F,Cl)2
ZrZirconium
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)

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