Presentation on theme: "East Georgia Mines of Thiele Kaolin Tim Blue and Michael Fulghum Introduction to GIS Dr. Oetter."— Presentation transcript:
East Georgia Mines of Thiele Kaolin Tim Blue and Michael Fulghum Introduction to GIS Dr. Oetter
Kaolin in Georgia ► Sedimentary kaolin deposits were formed in middle Georgia as a result of the weathering and erosion of the Piedmont rock, enriching the lives of Georgians who reside along the Fall Line.
► The objective of kaolin mining is to profitably extract a useful and beneficial industrial mineral and then to return the land to a stable and productive use through reclamation.
So What’s it Good For? Paper, Plastics, Paints, Porcelain, Ceramics, Rubber, and more!!!
Different Mines, Different Qualities ► The volume and quality of the deposits, as well as market applications, usually determine the life of a kaolin mine. ► Crude kaolin quality is determined by many different features and values including brightness and particle size. For our purposes Thiele condensed the quality information into only three categories: coating, filler, and marginal. ► We used Excel spreadsheet data to estimate the amount of each quality of kaolin initially available in each mine at the time surveying was done.
Problem Statement ► We propose to use collected data to determine which kaolin site contains the greatest amount of each major quality type of kaolin.
Results *The Hobbs-Hinton mine contained the greatest total footage of all three qualities. *
Photographs Hobbs-Hinton Mine, Warren County
Acknowledgements ► Thanks to Thiele Kaolin Company, especially Alex Cawthon, Charles Jordan, and Teresa White for providing guidance and data.