The Rocks and Minerals of Occoneechee Mountain -

Pyrophyllite Phyllite

Example of pyrophyllite phyllite from abandoned quarry.

Phyrophyllite is a soft mineral with a hardness of 1 on the Mohs hardness scale and can be scratched with your fingernail.

phyrophyllite phyllite
Sample of phyrophyllite phyllite from active mine showing foliation.
phyrophyllite phyllite

Please remember that rock and mineral collecting is STRICTLY PROHIBITTED in Eno River State Park!

 

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Want to learn more about the geology of the Eno River area?

You may be interested in A Geologic Adventure Along the Eno River - A richly illustrated publication from the North Carolina Geological Survey.