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Blue Bell Mine (Blue Bell claims; Hard Luck Mine; Hard Luck claims; Atkinson), Baker, Soda Lake Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

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Looking back on the Blue Bell Claims after a field trip.

Blue Bell Mine, Baker, Soda Lake Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
upper glory hole above site2A at the Blue Bell Mine.

Blue Bell Mine, Baker, Soda Lake Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Looking back on the Blue Bell Claims after a field trip.

Blue Bell Mine, Baker, Soda Lake Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
upper glory hole above site2A at the Blue Bell Mine.

Blue Bell Mine, Baker, Soda Lake Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 14' 31'' North , 116° 12' 17'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.2419444444, -116.204722222

A group of Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn-Au-Bi-V-Mo claims and former lode mine located in the SE¼ sec. 2, T13N, R7E, SBM, about 6 miles N of interstate highway 15 and 12.3 km (7.7 miles) W of Baker, on Bureau of Land Management administered land. It is accessed off the Zzyzx Road offramp of Interstate 15. The Zzyzx Road off-ramp is 6.4 miles southeast of Baker, California. NOTE: MRDS file #10034014 places the locality in sec. 27, T14N, R7E, SBM.

NOTE: Coordinates are for the adit 1A/parking area of the complex. Taken by Steve Stuart, Jan. 2012.

NOTE: Not to be confused with the "Blue Bell Mine" near Baker ( which - apparently - only produced corundum.

Mineralization is a lenticular ore body hosted in granite and limestone. The ore minerals occur in a carbonate gangue. Local rocks include Mesozoic granitic rocks, unit 3 (Sierra Nevada, Death Valley area, Northern Mojave Desert and Transverse Ranges).

Workings include underground openings consisting of a 48 foot deep shaft and several irregular adits connected by irregular stopes.

Production included the shipment of complex ore to Selby in 1949 and 1951. Average recovery was 7.5% Pb, 0.95% Cu, 5.31 ounces Ag per ton, plus some Au. Assays show Cu up to 4.5%.

Mineral List

Regional Geology

Cretaceous66 - 145 MaCretaceous plutonic rocks

Plutonic rocks

Deep-seated to high-level intrusions are included. Many charnockites, anorthosites, and large ophiolites, classified as plutons, are distinguished in the database using the SIGNIF item. Ophiolites were classified as plutons, even where remnants may be extrusive and/or sedimentary.

Mesozoic66 - 252.17 MaMesozoic plutonic: undivided granitic rocks

Plutonic: undivided granitic rocks

Cisuralian - Mississippian272.3 - 358.9 MaCarboniferous marine rocks, unit 2 (SE California Carbonate Assemblage)

Major:: {limestone},Minor:: {mudstone},Incidental:: {sandstone}

Shale, sandstone, conglomerate, limestone, dolomite, chert, hornfels, marble, quartzite; in part pyroclastic rocks

Southeastern California carbonate assemblage (eastern Mojave Desert and southeastern Death Valley area). Consists primarily of limestone with minor siltstone and sandstone.Includes some rocks of Early Permian age,

References for regional geology:

Data provided by

Garrity, C.P., and Soller, D.R.,. Database of the Geologic Map of North America: adapted from the map by J.C. Reed, Jr. and others (2005). U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 424 .

USGS compilers. State geologic map data. State Maps.

Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d.

84 valid minerals. 5 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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Wright, L.A., et al (1953), Mines and mineral resources of San Bernardino County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology, California Division of Mines (Report 49): 49(1-2): 64, tabulated list of mines p. 71, 101.

Goodwin, Joseph Grant (1957) Lead and zinc in California. California Journal of Mines and Geology, Division of Mines (Report 53): 53(3&4): 616.

Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 144.

Crowley, Jack A. (1977), Minerals of the Blue Bell mine, San Bernardino County, California. Mineralogical Record: 8: 494-497.

Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 104, 162, 183-184, 190, 196, 211, 229, 233, 234, 298, 299, 340, 514.

Maynard, M. F. (editor) (1984), The Blue Bell Claims San Bernardino County, California, San Bernardino County Museum, pp. 61.

Rocks & Minerals (1985): 60(1): 8.

American Mineralogist (2000): 85: 604, 607.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10189211 & 10034014.

Kamph, Anthony R., George R. Rossman and Robert M. Housley (2009), Plumbophyllite, a new species from the Blue Bell claims near Baker, San Bernardino County, California, American Mineralogist: 94: 1198–1204.

Marty, J., Kampf, A. R., Housley, R. M., Mills, S. J. & Weiß, S.. (2010). Seltene neue Tellurmineralien aus Kalifornien, Utah, Arizona und New Mexiko (USA). Lapis: 35(12): 42-51, 66.

Mills, S.J., Kampf, A.R., Kolitsch, U., Housley, R.M. & Raudsepp, M. (2010) The crystal chemistry and crystal structure of kuksite, Pb3Zn3Te6+P2O14, and a note on the crystal structure of yafsoanite, (Ca,Pb)3Zn(TeO6)2. American Mineralogist: 95(7): 933–938.

Kampf, A.R., Mills, S.J., Housley, R.M., Bottrill, R.S. and Kolitsch, U. (2011): Reynoldsite, IMA 2011-051. CNMNC Newsletter No. 10, October 2011: 2560.

Mills, S.J., Kampf, A.R., Christy, A.G., Housley, R.M., Rossman, G.R., Reynolds, R.E., Marty, J. (2014): Bluebellite and mojaveite, two new minerals from the central Mojave Desert, California, USA. Mineralogical Magazine, 78, 1325-1340.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060710234.

Mineralogical Magazine: 75: 2549-2561.

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