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Greenbrae Quarry, Greenbrae, Marin Co., California, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 37° 56' 53'' North , 122° 30' 48'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 37.94806,-122.51361
Köppen climate type:Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate

A crushed stone quarry located in secs. 10 & 11, T1N, R6W, MDM, 1.0 km (3,200 feet) E of Greenbrae, NE of the junction of U.S. highway 101 and Sir Francis Drake highway. Operated by the Hutchinson Company. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 1,000 meters. Quarrying began in 1925 and production was achieved the following March. Still active in 1955. Produced jetty stone and crushed stone for paving. Rock dust and a portion of the coarser aggregate were utilized in an asphalt batch mixing plant.

Local rocks include rocks of the Franciscan melange and/or Quaternary alluvium and marine deposits.

Workings include surface openings comprised of 2 quarries, the one to the E being the one currently operated.

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.

No minerals currently recorded for this locality.

Regional Geology

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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Holocene - Pliocene
0 - 5.333 Ma

ID: 2896632
Quaternary alluvium and marine deposits

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 5.333 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Temescal Formation; Modesto Formation; Victor Formation; Alameda Formation; Aromas Red Sands; Bautista Beds; Brawley Formation; Borrego Formation; Burnt Canyon Breccia; Cabezon Fanglomerate; Campus Formation; Casitas Formation; Chemehuevi Formation; Corcoran Clay; Cushenbury Springs Formation; Dos Picachos Gravels; Dripping Springs Formation; Frazier Mountain Formation; Friant Formation; Harold Formation; Heights Fanglomerate; Hookton Formation (part); Huichica Formation; La Habra Formation; Manix Lake Beds; Mohawk Lake Beds; Montezuma Formation; Nadeau Gravel; Ocotillo Conglomerate; Orcutt Formation; Pacoima Formation; Pauba Formation; Peckham Formation; Pinto Formation; Resting Springs Formation; Riverbank Formation; Rohnerville Formation; San Dimas Formation; Shoemaker Gravel; Temecula Arkose; Battery Formation; Bay Point Formation; Colma Formation; Lindavista Formation; Lomita Marl; Merritt Sand; Millerton Formation; Palos Verdes Sand; San Pedro Formation; Sweitzer Formation; Timms Point Silt

Description: Alluvium, lake, playa, and terrace deposits; unconsolidated and semi-consolidated. Mostly nonmarine, but includes marine deposits near the coast.

Lithology: Major:{coarse alluvium}, Minor:{fine alluvium}

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. [133]

145 - 201.3 Ma

ID: 2711512
Franciscan Complex

Age: Jurassic (145 - 201.3 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Franciscan Complex

Description: Mélange: A tectonic mixture of variably sheared shale and sandstone containing (1) hard tectonic inclusions largely of greenstone, chert, graywacke, and their metamorphosed equivalents, plus exotic high-grade metamorphic rocks and serpentinite and (2) variably resistant masses of graywacke, greenstone, and serpentinite up to several miles in longest dimension, and including minor discrete masses of limestone too small to be shown. Blocks and resistant masses have survived the extensive shearing evident in the mélanges matrix, and range in abundance from less than 1 to 50 percent or more of the rock mass. The degree of shearing in the unit ranges from gouge to unsheared rock, with resistant masses relatively unsheared and matrix sheared. Severely sheared shale is abundant in areas where blocks are abundant. Fresh, relatively unsheared rock is hard, the larger resistant masses are pervasively fractured, and blocks are commonly tough and relatively unfractured. Sandstone is graywacke, grayish green where fresh, weathering to brown, commonly medium to coarse grained, containing abundant angular lithic grains and no detrital potassium feldspar, except rarely as much as 5 percent. Graywacke is locally veined with quartz and carbonate, and usually contains microscopic secondary pumpellyite. Topography of coherent masses resembles that of unit Kfs, whereas highly sheared matrix typically yields subdued, gently-rounded topography. Good exposures of both sheared matrix and relatively unsheared graywacke and shale occur at the crushed rock quarry just east of the intersection of State Highway 17 and U.S. Highway 101, in Greenbrae (Novato quadrangle)

Reference: Blake, M.C. Jr., R.W. Graymer, and D.L. Jones. Geologic map and map database of parts of Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Sonoma Counties, California. U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies MF 2337. [38]

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Ver Planck, Wm. E., Jr. (1955), Mines, mineral resources and mineral industries of Marin County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology, California Division of Mines (Report 51): 51(3): 244-246, 287.
USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10092338 & 10114991.
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System/Mineral Industry Location System (MAS/MILS): file #0060410010.

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