Greenstone Belts in Minnesota
August 2005 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDGreenstone is a dark greenish-black basaltic rock which, along with chloritized schist, forms belts up to 50 miles wide in northern Minnesota, in rocks of Late Archean age. Most belts are 2.6 to 2.9 billion years old.
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This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
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