Gems, Rocks, And Minerals

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Rock And Mineral Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Spruce Pine

    • B. 

      Cherokee

    • C. 

      Blowing Rock

  • 2. 
    Mica, mined in North Carolina since the mid-19th century, is used for products ranging from cosmetics to drywall compound. Mica was once used for windows in coal stoves, where it was called what?
    • A. 

      Plexiglass

    • B. 

      Isinglass

    • C. 

      Feldglass

  • 3. 
    The mineral rhodolite is in the same group as garnet. This rose-colored material can only be found in North Carolina’s Cowee Valley, in what county located in our state’s southwest corner?
    • A. 

      Macon County

    • B. 

      Yancey County

    • C. 

      Mitchell County

  • 4. 
    The mineral lithium is used in a variety of products. More than 80 percent of the nation’s lithium ore reserves are located near what Cleveland County town named for a nearby peak?
    • A. 

      Crowders Mountain

    • B. 

      Kings Mountain

    • C. 

      Pilot Mountain

  • 5. 
    In 1973, the N.C. General Assembly named our official state precious stone, a variety of the mineral beryl. What gem is this, whose largest North American examples have come from North Carolina?
    • A. 

      Emerald

    • B. 

      Topaz

    • C. 

      Garnet

  • 6. 
    Our official state rock is granite. The N.C. Granite Corp. operates the world’s largest open-face granite quarry near what Surry County municipality also known as “Granite City”?
    • A. 

      Stony Knoll

    • B. 

      Level Cross

    • C. 

      Mount Airy

  • 7. 
    The first silver mine in the United States was started in 1838 in Davidson County. The mine also produced lead for the Confederate government and was known by what name?
    • A. 

      Silver Trace

    • B. 

      Silver Hill

    • C. 

      Silver Valley

  • 8. 
    The wide variety of minerals found in North Carolina has given our state the nickname “Nature’s Sample Case.” About how many types of native rocks are found here?
    • A. 

      150

    • B. 

      200

    • C. 

      300

  • 9. 
    Hiddenite is both a pale green mineral and the name of a location in our state. Home to the Hiddenite Center and Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine, the community of Hiddenite is in what county?
    • A. 

      Alexander County

    • B. 

      Ashe County

    • C. 

      Caldwell County