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Saint David area, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 54' 15'' North , 110° 12' 49'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 31.9041666667, -110.213611111
The St. David area is an alluvial outflow from the Whetstone Mountains to the West. At the San Pedro River in the center of the valley the alluvial deposits are up to fifteen hundred feet in depth.
Subsequent erosion cut through layers of soil, exposing the various deposition levels.
Soil saturation of rainwater and subsequent evaporation allowed deposition of gypsum in many forms. Opal also formed in the same way above impervious layers of caliche or clays.
Quartz, magnetite, garnet, iron and other minerals are found in the outflow washes. Some of the opal and silica pods are slightly radioactive from the marginally commercial deposits in the Whetstone Mountains.

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Mineral List

17 entries listed. 12 valid minerals.

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Mitchell (2001), Gem Trails of Arizona.

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