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Geology and Ore Deposits of the Capps Gold Mine, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina


Hoy, Robert Beck (1939) Geology and Ore Deposits of the Capps Gold Mine, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Master's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/PBY7-N830.


The Capps gold mine is located five and one-half miles northwest of Charlotte, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The area lies wholly within the igneous belt of the southern Appalachian gold region in approximately the central part of the Piedmont province of eastern United States.

The ore deposits consist of lenticular quartzdolomite-pyrite veins irregularly replacing sheared zones of the granite country rock. The wall-rock alteration and vein mineralization indicate that the deposits belong to the mesothermal rather than hypothermal zone into which most of the southern Appalachian gold deposits have been classified.

The immediate future of the Capps district does not present an optimistic picture, because the Capps Company is in the hands of receivers. Nevertheless, it is possible that successful mining could be carried out, if deposits were carefully blocked out in advance of extraction. The best possibilities for future exploration are extensions of the deposits beneath old excavations, especially those above which rich ore has been obtained.

Item Type:Thesis (Master's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Geology
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Geological and Planetary Sciences
Major Option:Geology
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Fraser, Horace J.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1939
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:03022010-074220943
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ID Code:5566
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:12 Apr 2010 18:00
Last Modified:11 Feb 2022 19:32

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