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Monument No. 2 Mine, Monument No. 2 channel, Monument Valley, Navajo Indian Reservation, Apache Co., Arizona, USA
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Monument No. 2 Mine, Monument No. 2 channel, Monument Valley, Navajo Indian Reservation, Apache Co., Arizona, USA
Latitude: 36°55'42"N
Longitude: 109°55'6"W
A U-V mine with minor Cu-Mo-Pb-Fe, located in the Monument No. 2 channel (paleochannel), about 1 mile West of Comb Ridge and SE of Yazzie Mesa on the east limb of the Monument upwarp, in en echelon strike and slip vertical faults along the channel. Discovered by Luke Yazzie, a Navajo, in 1942 and started during 1945. Reopened in 1948. Sussequently owned by the Vanadium Corp. of America.

Mineralization is the Monument No. 2 channel, one of the richest U-V deposits in the Monument Valley area. It is a short channel comprised of medium-grained, massive sandstone. The channel strikes N.18ºW. and is about 1¾ miles long. It ranges in width in its central part from 400 feet to 700 feet and has been cut into the underlying strata with a depth of about 50 feet.

There are 4 types of orebodies: rods, tabular, corvusite-type and rolls. Rods are cylindrical bodies about 3 to 5 feet wide and 2 to 3 feet high and 15 to 20 feet long and are found only in the Shinarump member of the Chinle formation. The tabular orebodies are blanket-like masses composed of channel sediments impregnated with yellow U-V minerals. These are 40 to 50 feet long and range in width from 20 to 30 feet and 3 to 5 feet thick. The corvusite-type orebodies are irregularly shaped masses within which the rock is thoroughly penetrated by vanadium minerals. Rolls are similar bodies in the Morrison formation.

Mineral List

var: Carbonate-rich Fluorapatite

var: Selenite
Navajoite (TL)
var: Opal-AN
'Petrified Wood'
var: Barian Volborthite

var: Lithian Wad'

54 entries listed. 43 valid minerals. 1 type locality (valid mineral).

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