In 2005, South Carolina’s nonfuel raw mineral production was valued at $659 million, based upon annual U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data. This was a nearly 24% increase from the State’s total nonfuel mineral value of $532 million in 2004, which was up 4.7% from 2003. South Carolina was 28th in rank (27th in 2004) among the 50 States in total nonfuel mineral production value and accounted for more than 1% of the U.S. total. (Text taken from the 2005 Minerals Yearbook and found at https://www.dnr.sc.gov/geology/minerals.html)
1. Look at SC as a whole. What mineral is mined most in SC?
2. As you look from the coast towards, the north and northwestern areas, how does the mineral composition change?
3. What is sericite? Describe where it is found in SC.
4. How many gold mines are found in SC?
5. How many mines are found in York County, SC (including the one that's on the southern border)?
Students in grades 6-12:
6. What is the ratio of granite to sand mines in York County?
7. What's the chemical formula for sericite? How many atoms of each element are found in a unit of sericite?
8. What percent of York County's mines are granite mines?