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This page lists North Carolina Geological Survey publications, and selected publications of the geology and mineral resources of North Carolina by the U.S. Geological Survey. Our geologic map and publication series are listed below by series type (Bulletins, Information Circulars, etc.)

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Out-of-Print Publications

Out-of-Print Publications may be examined in the NCGS' Archdale Building office in Raleigh; also, most publications can be obtained by interlibrary loan from the State Library. Also, some out-of-print publications have been optically scanned and are available as Adobe PDF documents.

The NCGS will photocopy out-of-print publications (or portions of the publications) as a convenience to clients, for a modest charge. Please make arrangements with our publication sales staff if you are interested in obtaining an out-of-print publication at: ncrocks@ncmail.net. A 7.75 percent sales tax is applicable to orders destined for North Carolina.

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Theses and dissertations

Theses and dissertations are held in the NCGS office which most closely matches the area of responsibility (Coastal Plain, Piedmont, or Mountains) of the thesis or dissertation. The North Carolina Geological Survey maintains lists of theses and dissertations in its holdings (see Open-file report 90-2). Also available are theses and dissertations by county, currently held in the NCGS main office. For a list of holdings for the Coastal Plain or Asheville offices contact these offices. Back to Top

North Carolina Geological Survey Bulletins


Available hard-copy North Carolina Geological Survey Bulletins are denoted below by hyperlinks to our Geological Survey Shop. All other Bulletins are out-of-print and no longer available in hard-copy form. Many of these Bulletins have been optically scanned, and can be obtained upon request, where available. Pleae contact michael.medina@ncdenr.gov for more information.

Bulletin 98: Carter, M.W., Merschat, C.E., and WIlson, W.F. eds., 2001.  A Geologic Adventure Along the Blue Ridge Parkway. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 97: Speer, J. Alexander. 1996. The Sims Pluton, Nash and Wilson counties. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report provides detailed information on the geology, major and trace element geochemistry, geophysics (gravity, magnetic, and radiometric), geochronology, and mineral resource potential of the Sims granitoid intrusive, Wilson County, North Carolina. This Alleghanian-age intrusive was prospected as a molybdenum porphyry by geochemistry and drilling. One phase of the Sims is being quarried for crushed stone now. A recently recognized greisen, along with intermixed granite, is a potential source of mica, feldspar, and quartz. The adjacent Eastern slate belt rocks have elevated copper concentrations. The report also includes information about radon concentrations in soil and groundwater related to the Sims granitoid intrusive.

(Note: Information Circular 30, by Robert H. Carpenter, James T. Tanner, Jr., Dianna J. Grotto, P.A. Carpenter, III, and J. Alexander Speer, presents field and laboratory beneficiation studies to evaluate the commercial muscovite potential of greisen associated with the Sims granitoid intrusive, Wilson County, North Carolina – see below.)

Bulletin 96: Snyder, Steve, Hoffman, Charles W. and Riggs, Stan. 1994. Seismic stratigraphic framework of the Inner Continential Shelf: Mason Inlet to New Inlet, NC. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report provides a seismic and stratigraphic framework for the subject area.

Bulletin 95: Lawrence, David, and Hoffman, Charles H. 1993. Geology of basement rocks beneath the North Carolina Coastal Plain. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 94: Reid, Jeffrey C. 1993. A hydrochemical atlas of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report presents, in atlas format, the concentration and distribution of geochemical constituents in domestic water wells. These data were the result of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) program. The elements in the database are pathfinder elements to seek uranium deposits. This report is a companion to Bulletin 93 which presents stream sediment concentrations for many elements.

Bulletin 93: Reid, Jeffrey C. 1991. A geochemical atlas of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report presents in atlas format the concentration and distribution of geochemical constituents in stream sediments statewide. These data were the result of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) program. The elements in the database are pathfinder elements to seek uranium deposits; subsequent analyses of these samples resulted in supplemental geochemical analyses. This report is a companion to Bulletin 94 which presents hydrochemical concentrations for many elements from domestic water supply wells.

Bulletin 92: Hoffman, Charles W. and Gallagher, Patricia. 1991. Geology of the Southeast Durham and Southwest Durham 7.5-minute quadrangles, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 91: Carpenter, P. Albert III (editor). 1991. A geologic guide to North Carolina's state parks. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This recreational geology report provides an overview of the state's geology and describes the state's parks. The report is organized by Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. It includes a geologic time scale for North Carolina and a glossary.

Bulletin 90: Wiener, L.S., and, Merschat, Carl E. 1988. Geology of the Sandymush and Canton quadrangles, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 90 Supplement: Wiener, LS, and, Merschat, Carl E. 1988. Discussion of geologic non-suitability of US DOE's SE-5 area for disposal of high level radioactive waste. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 89: Carter, Joseph G., and others. 1988, (reprinted 1994). Fossil collecting in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.  Special Note: April 08, 2008 - Locality 5 (Elizabethtown) in this publication is currently closed for fossil collecting until further notice

Bulletin 88: Ingram, Roy L. 1987. Peat deposits of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 87: Miller, James A. 1987. Stratigraphy, structure, and phosphate deposits of the Pungo River Formation of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 86: Parker, John M. III. 1979. Geology and mineral resources of Wake Coounty North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 85: Sampair, James L., and others. 1976. Buried oyster shell resource evaluation of the eastern region of the Albemarle Sound. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 84: Carpenter, P. Albert III. 1976 (reprinted 1993). Metallic mineral deposits of the Carolina Slate. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Deposits of metallic minerals, including chromite, copper, gold, iron, lead, zinc, silver, molybdenum and tungsten, occur within the slate belt in North Carolina. Although none of the deposits are currently mined, many were once commercially workable. The report is a compilation on 195 inactive mines and prospects in the slate belt.

Bulletin 83: Riggs, Stanley R., and O'Connor, Michael P. 1975. Geological bibliography of North Carolina's Coastal Plain, Coastal Zone, and continental shelf. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 82: Wilson, William F. 1975. Bibliography of North Carolina Geology, 1910-1960. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 81: Allen, Eldon P. and Wilson, William F. 1968. Geology and mineral resources of Orange County, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 80: Stucky, Jasper L. 1967. Pyrophyllite deposits in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 79: Kimrey, Joel O. 1965. Description of the Pungo River Formation in Beaufort North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 78: Swain, Frederick M., and Brown, Phillip M. 1964. Cretaceous Ostracoda from wells in the Southeastern United States. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 77: Conrad, Stephen G., and others. 1963. Anthophyllite asbestos in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 76: Conley, James F. 1962. Geology and mineral resources of Moore County, North North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 75: Conley, James F. 1962. Geology of the Albemarle quadrangle, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the geology and mineral resources in parts of western Montgomery and eastern Stanly counties North Carolina. The report describes stratigraphy of the Carolina Slate Belt. The report contains a discussion of economic geology including gold, lead and zinc, quartz, crushed stone, flagstone, brick clay and lightweight aggregate. The report is accompanied by a geologic map.

Bulletin 74: Conrad, Stephen G. 1960. Crystalline limestones of the Piedmont and mountain regions of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes crystalline limestone found in eighteen counties in the central and western Piedmont of North Carolina. Mentioned are Stokes, Forsyth, Swain, Graham, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Madison, Jackson, Ashe, Mitchell, McDowell, and Cleveland counties. A list of selected chemical analyses is included.

Bulletin 73: Brown, P. M. 1959. Geology and ground water resources in the Greenville area, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 72: Brown, P. M. 1958. Well logs from the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 71: Stuckey, Jasper M. and Conrad, Stephen G. 1958. Explanatory text for the 1958 geologic map of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 70: Brown, Philip. M. 1957. Upper Cretaceous Ostracoda from North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Fifty-six species of Upper Cretaceous Ostracoda from ten exposures in North Carolina and one exposure in South Carolina are described and illustrated. At the time of publication, twenty-seven species were new.

Bulletin 69: Legrand, Harry E. 1954. Ground-water resources of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 68: Legrand, Harry E. 1954. Geology and ground water in the Statesville area, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 67: Councill, R. J. 1954. The commercial granites of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 66: Broadhurst and Hash. 1953. The scrap mica resources of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 65: Parker, John M. III. 1952. Geology and structure of part of the Spruce Pine District, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the geology and mineral resources of the Spruce Pine District in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties, North Carolina. The major economic minerals of the area are feldspar, kaolin, scrap mica, and sheet mica. Other minerals mentioned include quartz, rare earth and uranium minerals, amphibole asbestos, building stone and crushed rock, chromite, garnet, kyanite, mica schist, olivine and vermiculite.

Bulletin 64: Olson, J. C. 1952. Pegmatites of the Cashiers and Zirconia Districts, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the geology and mineral resources of the Cashiers district in Jackson and Translyvania counties, North Carolina. The Zirconia district is in Henderson County. Topics include pegmatites, mica, feldspar and zircon. There is a discussion of unusual pegmatite minerals.

Bulletin 63: Legrand, Harry E. and Mundorff, 1952. Geology and groundwater in the Charlotte area, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 62: Cameron, Eugene N. 1951. Feldspar deposits of the Bryson City District, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the subject deposits located in Swain Co., North Carolina. Discussion includes feldspar and pegmatites. Descriptions of a number of mines and a geologic map of the Bryson City area are included.

Bulletin 61: Hash Lewis J., and Van Horn Earl C. (Teague, Kefton H., editor). 1951. Sillimanite deposits in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the subject deposits located in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Descriptions of the deposits in the Cliffside-Elkin, Warne-Sylva belts, and other sillimanite deposits are given. Laboratory and beneficiation data are included as a discussion on prospecting, mining and reserves. Sillimanite is an industrial mineral.

Bulletin 60: Oriel, S. S. 1950. Geology and mineral resources of the Hot Springs window, Madison Co., North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 59: Mundorf, M.J. 1950. Flood-plain deposits of the North Carolina Piedmont and Mountain streams as a possible source of groundwater supply. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 58: Hunter and Hash. 1949. Halloysite deposits of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 57: Van Horn, E. C., and others. 1949 (reprinted 1995). Geology and preliminary ore dressing studies of the Carolina barite belt. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the geology of barite deposits and ore dressing studies in the Blue Ridge in Cleveland and Gaston counties, North Carolina.

Bulletin 56: Van Horn, E. C. 1948. Talc deposits of the Murphy marble belt. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the geology of talc deposits in the Blue Ridge in Cherokee, Graham and Macon counties, North Carolina. Forty-one talc localities are described. Some chemical analyses and talc production data are included. A geologic map of the talc deposits of the Murphy marble belt is included.

Bulletin 55: Mundorff, M. J. 1948. Geology and groundwater in the Greensboro area, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 54: Berry, E. Willard. 1948. Marls and limestones of eastern North Carolina, with a geologic map of the Coastal Plain, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the geology marls and limestones of the Coastal Plain of eastern North Carolina. The report includes chemical analyses, and localities in about twenty counties are described.

Bulletin 52: Lamar, W.L. 1947. Chemical character of surface waters of North Carolina 1944-1945 (volume 1). North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh. Price:Out-of-print

Bulletin 51: Mundorff, M.J. 1946. Ground water in the Halifax area, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 50: Murdock, Thomas G. and Hunter Charles E.. 1946. The vermiculite deposits of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes more than 30 vermiculite deposits of North Carolina; these are located in western North Carolina. Exfoliation test results on 14 samples are presented; some chemical analyses are included. An estimate of reserves is included.

Bulletin 49: Olson, J. C. and others. 1946. Mica deposits of the Franklin-Sylva District, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the mica deposits of the subject district located in Franklin County, North Carolina. While mica is of chief interest, there was some feldspar production. The pegmatites are described along with a number of mines. A number of maps and sections accompany the report.

Bulletin 48: Parker, John M. III. 1946. Residual kaolin deposits of the Spruce Pine district, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report describes the residual kaolin deposits of the subject district located in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties, North Carolina. The study was undertaken to determine their suitability for aluminum ore. The geology composition and reserves are discussed.

Bulletin 47: Mundorff, M.J. 1945. Progress report on groundwater in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 46: Division of Commerce and Industry. 1944. Economic opportunities for producing semi-porcelain dinnerware in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 43: Olson, J.C. 1944. Economic geology of Spruce Pine Pegmatite district, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report addresses the economic geology of the subject district located in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties, North Carolina. The pegmatites, their mineralogy, and selected mines are described. Chemical compositions of the alaskite, pegmatite, and feldspar are included. The report is accompanied by geologic maps and sections.

Bulletin 42: Hunter, Charles E., Murdock, Thomas G., and MacCarthy, Gerald R. 1942. Chromite deposits of North Carolina.

This report describes the chromite deposits located in Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, Jackson, Macon and Iredell counties, and presents magnetic geophysical data for selected deposits. A number of maps accompany the report.

Bulletin 41: Hunter, C.E. and Rankin, H.S. 1941. Forsterite olivine deposits of North Carolina and Georgia. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report discusses the geology of North Carolina's forsterite olivine deposits located in the Blue Ridge. The report furnishes data on the occurrence, amount, mineral associations and chemical quality of the olivine deposits located in North Carolina and Georgia. Twenty deposits were mapped.

Bulletin 40: North Carolina Geological Survey, 1941. Manufacturing China Clay opportunities in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 37: Stuckey, J. L. 1928. Pyrophyllite deposits of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

See Bulletin 80, Stucky, Jasper L. 1967. Pyrophyllite deposits in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 33: Campbell and Kimball. 1923. The Deep River coal field of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report discusses coal deposits of the Deep River coal field located in a Triassic basin underlying parts of Chatham, Lee and Moore counties, North Carolina.

Bulletin 32: Bayley, W. S. 1923. Magnetic iron ores of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 29: Bayley, W. S. 1925. The kaolins of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report discusses the kaolins in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont of western North Carolina. This report discusses deposits of kaolin located in Swain, Macon, Jackson,Haywood, Madison,Henderson, Buncombe, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, and Ashe counties in the western part of the state. It also describes kaolins from Rutherford, Cleveland, Gaston, Catawba, Iredell, Richmond, and Montgomery counties in the central part of the state. A map shows deposits described in the text.

Bulletin 28: Loughlin, G.F., and others. 1921. The limestones and marls of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report discusses the limestones and marls of the coastal plain of North Carolina.

Bulletin 27: Anonymous, 1917. Altitudes in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 26: Laney, F.B. 1917. The geology and ore deposits of the Virgilina District of Virginia and North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh. Price: OP

This report discusses the geology and mineral resources of the subject district located in Granville and Person counties, North Carolina. Specific reference is made to the copper and gold resource potential in this district.

Bulletin 25: Pratt, J.H. 1916. Zircon, monazite and other minerals used in the production of chemical compounds employed in the manufacture of lighting apparatus. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 22: Pogue, Joseph E. Jr. 1910 (reprinted, 1995). The Cid mining district, Davidson County, North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report discusses the geology and mineral resources of the subject district in Davidson County, North Carolina. Special reference is made to gold, copper, lead, zinc, and silver. This report is a detailed study of the copper, silver, and gold deposits within the district and a description of all the mines that have been operated.

Bulletin 21: Laney, F.B. 1910 (reprinted, 1995). The Gold Hill Mining District of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report discusses the geology and mineral resources of the subject district in Rowan County, North Carolina. Special reference is made to gold.

Bulletin 19: Pratt, Joseph Hyde, and Sterrett, Douglass B. 1905. The tin deposits of the Carolinas. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report discusses the geology of tin deposits of North Carolina; many of these are located near Kings Mountain. Mine descriptions are provided.

Bulletin 18: Laney and Wood. 1909. Bibliography of North Carolina geology, mineralogy and geography. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report is a preliminary bibliographic summary of North Carolina's geology and mineral resources.

Bulletin 14: Laney, F.B., 1917 (reprinted 1995). The Geology and ore deposits of the Virgilina District of Virginia and North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 13: Ries, Heinrich. 1897. Clay deposits and clay industry in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report is an early summary of the subject topics; resources discussed are in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont of North Carolina. The report presents information on the physical properties of clays, and on china, pottery, fire, and brick clays. Chemical analyses and physical properties are reported.

Bulletin 12: Kunz, G.F. 1907 (reprinted, 1995). History of gems found in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

This report provides historical context of gemstones found in North Carolina. A number of the gemstones described in this report are housed in the State's science museum- or in the Smithsonian museums'-collections. The gemstone finds are located in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge portions of North Carolina.

Bulletin 11: Lewis, J.V. 1896. Corundum and the basic magnesian rocks of western North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 10: Nitze and Wilkens. 1897. Gold mining in North Carolina and adjacent South Appalachians regions. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 9: Ninze. 1895. Monazite and monazite deposits in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 3: Nitze and Hanna. 1896 (reprinted, 1995). Gold deposits of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 2: Watson, T.L., and others. 1906. The building and ornamental stones in North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

Bulletin 1: Nitze, H.B.C. 1893. Iron ores of North Carolina. North Carolina Geological Survey: Raleigh.

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