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Pala, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA

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Summary:
The town of Pala, also referred to as the Pala Mission or Village of Pala, is the name of the town nearest to the gem-bearing pegmatite mines which are located in the nearby mountains to the north, east, and south. The town of Pala is not itself a specific mineral producing locality, except for a small-scale granite quarry which has operated for several decades on the west side of town. The mine produces gabbro and granodiorite riprap which is used locally along the roads for erosion control purposes.

The best known historical landmark in the town of Pala is the famous Mission San Antonio de Pala Asistencia campanile. Completed in 1818, the bell tower was rebuilt after collapsing during the floods of 1916. During the reconstruction of the original mission complex after the floods, several large pieces of deep purple lepidolite from the nearby Stewart mine were used in the surrounding courtyard walls as ornamental stone. The decorative lepidolite was donated by local gem miner and mineral dealer Frank A. Salmons, president and principal owner of the Pala Chief Mining Company.

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities
Albite
var: Cleavelandite
var: Oligoclase
'Albite-Anorthite Series'
'Allanite'
Almandine
'Almandine-Spessartine Series'
Amblygonite
'Amblygonite-Montebrasite Series'
Andalusite
Andradite
'Apatite'
Arsenopyrite
Bermanite
Bertrandite
Beryl
var: Aquamarine
var: Goshenite
var: Heliodor
var: Morganite
Beyerite
'Biotite'
Bismite
Bismuth
Bismuthinite
Bismutite
Bismutotantalite
Bornite
Cassiterite
Chalcocite
Chrysocolla
'Clay'
Clinobisvanite
Clinozoisite
'Columbite'
Columbite-(Fe)
Columbite-(Mn)
'Columbite-Tantalite'
Cookeite
Digenite
Elbaite
'Elbaite-Schorl Series'
Epidote
Eulytine
Fairfieldite
'Feldspar Group'
Fluorapatite
Foitite
Gahnite
'Garnet'
Goethite
Grossular
var: Magnesian Grossular
'Halloysite'
Halloysite-10Å
Helvine
Hematite
Hercynite
Heterosite
'Heulandite'
Hopeite
'Hornblende'
Hureaulite
'Hypersthene'
Iron
'Jahnsite'
Jahnsite-(MnMnMn) (TL)
Kaolinite
Laumontite
'Lepidolite'
Leucophosphite
Lithiophilite
Löllingite
Ludlamite
Magnetite
Malachite
'Manganese Oxides'
'var: Manganese Dendrites'
Manganite
Marcasite
'Mica Group'
Microcline
Microlite Group
Molybdenite
'Monazite'
Montebrasite
Montmorillonite
Muscovite
var: Sericite
Namibite
'Olivine'
Opal
Orthoclase
'Perthite'
Petalite
Phenakite
Phosphosiderite
Pollucite
Pseudomalachite
'Psilomelane'
Pucherite
Purpurite
Pyrite
'Pyroxene Group'
Quartz
var: Chalcedony
var: Citrine
var: Rock Crystal
var: Rose Quartz
var: Smoky Quartz
'Salmonsite'
Schorl
Sicklerite (TL)
Siderite
Spessartine
Spinel
var: Pleonaste
Spodumene
var: Hiddenite
var: Kunzite
Stewartite (TL)
Stibiotantalite
'Stilbite'
Strengite
Strunzite
Swinefordite
'Tantalite'
Tantalite-(Mn)
Todorokite
Topaz
Tosudite
var: Lithium Tosudite

'Tourmalinated Quartz'
'Tourmaline'
'var: Achroite'
'var: Indicolite'
'var: Rubellite'
'var: Verdelite'
'var: Watermelon Tourmaline'
Triphylite
Triplite
Vivianite
Wardite
'Zinnwaldite'
Zircon


148 entries listed. 90 valid minerals. 3 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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