Oil Region of Tennessee; With Some Account of Its Other Resources and Capabilities

Oil Region of Tennessee; With Some Account of Its Other Resources and Capabilities

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...a good road. On the ridge dividing Pumpkin creek from Lick creek a coarse quartzose sandstone is found in ledges about two hundred feet below the top of the ridge. But even where this sandstone prevails the soil is fertile, as is shown by the luxuriant growth of pawpaw bushes and tangled masses of creeping vines. Beech, sugar tree, chestnut, chestnut oak-and poplar constitute the prevailing timber. Northwest of Hartsville rises to the height of five hundred and forty feet above the Cumberland river, a series of bold knobs remarkable for their sandstone and mill-grit formation. These tnobs are covered thickly with cane, through which it is almost impossible to walk. Forming the southern escarpment of one of these, knobs is a great unstratified ledge of coarse-grained white sandstone about fifty feet thick. It stands out like a solid wall. The sandstone is easily crushed, and has been tried by glass manufacturers and pronounced of superior quality. The mill-stone grit lies just below the black shale in an adjacent knob. It pertains geologically to the Nashville series of rocks, and consists of a mass of silicified shells closely compacted. Where exposed the calcareous material has been leached out, leaving the mass cellular. The stratum is about seven or eight feet in thickness. The mill-stones made of this material are highly prized for grinding corn, the sharp points and edges cutting rather than crushing the grain, whereby its original sweetness is preserved. For some years the manufacture of these stones formed no unimportant branch of industry. Baryta is found in great quantities and of excellent quality half a mile south of the bluff of sandstone. Galena is said to exist in considerable quantities in the county. I saw some excellent...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236570014
  • 9781236570017