GRANITE

Granite is found throughout northern and central Minnesota. It varies in age from 2.6 billion years in the Minnesota River Valley and northern Minnesota to about 1.7 billion years near St. Cloud. Minnesota granites are composed predominantly of the minerals feldspar, quartz, mica, and hornblende. These rocks formed deep below the surface in the roots of major mountain ranges. These once deeply buried rocks are now exposed at or near the surface due to uplift and erosion. Granite is quarried for use as building stone and monuments. You can find outcrops of granite in Stearns, Pine, and Mille Lacs counties, and also in places in northeastern Minnesota, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.