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Snow White Perlite Mine, Pioneer District, Pinal Mts, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA

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A small surface Perlite mine located in secs. 19, 20, 29, 30, T1S, R12E; and, sec. 25, T1S, R11E, about 4 miles WNW of Superior, on National Forest land. Owned by the Great Lakes Carbon Corp. (1960) and by Grefco, Inc. (1980). Later operations may have been limited to sec. 30, T1S, R12E.

Mineralization is gray, relatively massive perlite, with little or no "onion" perlite. NOTE: Perlite deposits may contain Apache Tears.

Workings are an open pit. Production was about 200 tons per day in 1947.

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References

Engineering & Mining Journal (1947): 148(7) (July, 1947): 136.

Phillips, K.A. (1987), Arizona Industrial Minerals, 2nd. Edition, Arizona Department of Mines & Minerals, 185 pp.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Unpatented Mining claims lead file #40214.

U.S. Bureau of Mines card file.

USGS Picketpost Mountain Quadrangle topo map.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Snow White Mine file, map.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources U file.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10026774; MRDS ID #M000184; and, Dep. ID #10210582, MAS ID #0040210776.

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