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Magma Mine (Magma Superior Mine; Irene claim; Hub claim; Pomeroy; Superior Division; Silver Queen; Monarch claim; Magma Copper Mine; Broken Hill; Apex), Superior, Pioneer District, Pinal Mts, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA
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Latitude: 33°18'11"N
Longitude: 111°5'58"W
 
 
A former underground Cu-Mo-Au-Ag-Pb-Zn-Mn-As-Bi-Cd mine located in all of sec. 35, T1S, R12E (Superior 7.5 minute topo map), on the N side of Superior, on private property. Discovered by Charles C. Mason in 1874. Produced 1880 to 1981. Originally called the Silver Queen (1875-1909). Magma Copper Company began operating it in 1910 with minor production until 1911, when ownership passed to the Lake Superior and Arizona Mining Co. Previously owned by Newmont Mining. This mine was idle in recent years but was being explored through drilling early this year (2002) by new owners. This is a deep mine that is extrordinarily hot. Also known as / designated: Amalgamated Gold, Silver and Copper Co. property; Patneted claim MS340, MS 350, MS 2930a, MS 3144 and MS 4152; and the Magma King Manganese Mining Co. property. Claims extend into secs. 23-27, 29, 34-36, and into T2S, R12E, T1S, R13E, and T2S, R13E. The workings are located in secs. 35, 36, 25 and 26. Main shafts in the NE¼, sec. 35, and the NW¼ sec. 36. Magma Copper Co. has state leases in secs. 4, 5, 8 & 9, T2S, R13E.

The orebodies are replacements within the Magma and Koerner fault zones of the east-west system. Those of the Magma vein constitute by far the greater proportion of the tonnage extracted or developed. The ore consists of distinct shoots or bodies. The ore bodies dip 70-80N, at 1493.52 meters thick, 121.92 meters dept-to-top, 4900 meters depth-to-bottom, 152.4 meters wide, and 2651.76 meters long. Ore control was faults and fractures, mainly E-W-trending, associated with crushed fault fillings. Also Devonian (Martin) Limestone replacement on the eastern extremity.

The main or largest orebody has been developed laterally between the Main fault and No. 4 shaft and vertically from the 400 to below the 4600 level as measured below the collar of No. 1 shaft or 5,800 feet down the pitch. In the vicinity of the 1200 level at 4,600 coordinate, the ore consists of sphalerite and a little galena, with only traces of copper. Between the 1300 and 1400 levels it changes abruptly into a bornite-rich ore with little or no zinc and lead. In levels above the schist the width of the main orebody ranges from 5 to 40 feet. Where the vein is wide, the ore generally occurs as two or more rich stringers separated by poorer vein material.

The West orebody is a faulted segment, possibly of the Magma vein, west of the Main fault and east of the Concentrator fault. This vein segment strikes alomost east and dips steeply north. The West orebody averaged about 15 feet in width and 7% in Cu content together with subordinate zinc and lead.

The East orebodies or "zinc stopes" lie east of zero crosscut. These bodies are not continuous, and none of the known oreshoots persists for more than several hundred feet. In general sphalerite predominates above the 2550 level, and chalcopyrite below.

The Koerner vein orebody is similar to the Main orebody but smaller. Mineralogically, its ore is indistinguishable from that of the Main orebody on the same levels. Local serpentinization & uralitization, sericitization.

A dike of quartz monzonite porphyry occurs within the Magma fault zone from the surface to the 1200 level, and in many places deeper it forms either the orth or south wall of the vein. The dike was not sufficiently mineralized to constitute ore.

Diabase was the most favorable host rock for ore deposition in the Main oreshoot.

Practically all of the zinc orebodies have quartzite or limestone for one wall. Replacement bodies in limestone are limited chiefly to the zinc-copper area. Here the "Lake Superior and Arizona" zone, in Martin limestone about 20 feet stratigraphically above the Troy quartzite, has been replaced by ore of good grade for a thickness of 30-50 feet and a width ranging up to 30 feet.

In the Pinal schist, the zone of faulting and mineralization in the Magma vein is considerably wider than in the upper levels and commonly contains horses of relatively unbroken, unmineralizaed wall rock. Its walls are less distinct, in many places indefinite, and perhaps more than 100 feet apart. Orebodies here tend to be lenticular both horizontally and vertically. Where both walls are in schist, the mineable vein forms two branches.

The outcrop of the Magma vein has been so leached that gossan is generally lacking.

Host rock units include Pinal Schist, Dripping Springs Quartzite, Apache Group-Mescal Limestone, Martin Limestone and Apache Basalt. Alteration includes serpentinization and uralitization and sericitization.

Workings include 8 shafts. This is the deepest mine in the state. There are 36 levels, with levels every 100 feet in the upper 2000 feet, and then every 200 feet apart down to 4800 feet. Workings diminish in thickness to the east, and are mainly between the 3000 foot and 4000 foot levels. The length of workings is estimated.

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities
Ankerite
Azurite
Baryte
Bornite
Brochantite
Calcite
Chalcanthite
Chalcocite
Chalcopyrite
Chrysocolla
Colusite
Copiapite
Copper
Coquimbite
Coronadite
Covellite
Cryptomelane
Cubanite
Cuprite
Digenite
Dioptase
Djurleite
Enargite
Famatinite
Fluorite
Galena
Gold
Grossular
Groutite
Gypsum
'Halloysite'
Hematite
Hemimorphite
Hydrozincite
Lepidocrocite ?
'Limonite'
Magnetite
Malachite
Manganite
Muscovite
var: Sericite

Olivenite
'Psilomelane'
Pyrite
Pyrolusite
Quartz
Rhodochrosite
Rhomboclase
Sauconite
Siderite
Silver
Sphalerite
Stromeyerite
Szomolnokite
Tennantite
Tenorite
Tetrahedrite
Vanadinite
Voltaite
'Wad'
Wittichenite
Wulfenite


63 entries listed. 56 valid minerals.

Localities in this Region

USA
  • Arizona
    • Pinal Co.
      • Pinal Mts
        • Pioneer District
          • Superior
            • Magma Mine (Magma Superior Mine; Irene claim; Hub claim; Pomeroy; Superior Division; Silver Queen; Monarch claim; Magma Copper Mine; Broken Hill; Apex)

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References

Ransome, F.L. (1912) Copper Deposits near Superior, Arizona, USGS Bull. 540: 139, 156-158.

Ransome, F.L. (1914), Copper deposits near Superior, Arizona, USGS Bull. 540-D: 139-158.

Jones, Jr., E.L. & F.L. Ransome (1920), Deposits of manganese ore in Arizona, USGS Bull. 710-D: 159, 162-163.

Bateman, A.M. (1929), Some covellite-chalcocite relationships, Economic Geology: 24: 424-439.

Wilson, E.D. and Butler, G.M. (1930), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 127, Manganese Ore Deposits in Arizona.

Elsing, M.J. and Heineman, E.S. (1936) USGS Bulletin 140: 99.

Harcourt, G.A. (1937), The distinction between enargite and famatinite (luzonite), American Mineralogist: 22: 517-525.

Short, M.N. and Wilson, E. (1938), Some Arizona Ore Deposits, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 145: 90-97.

Fleischer, M. & W.E. Richmond (1943), The manganese oxide minerals: A preliminary report, Economic Geology: 38: 269-286;

Short, M.N., et al (1943), Geology and ore deposits of the Superior mining area, Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 151.

Palache, C., Berman, H. & Frondel, C. (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 196.

Galbraith, F.W. (1947), Minerals of Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull 153: 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 27, 28.

Wilson, E.D., et al (1950), Arizona zinc and lead deposits, part I, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 156: 84-94.

Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of Arizona: 31, 40, 46, 53, 72.

Hewett, D.F. & M. Fleischer (1960), Deposits of the manganese oxides, Economic Geology: 55: 1-55.

Farnham, L.L., Stewart, L.A., and Delong, C.W. (1961), Manganese deposits of eastern Arizona, US Bureau of Mines Information Circular 7990: 124, 126, 130-132.

Sell, J.D. (1961) Bedding Replacement Deposit of the Magma Mine, Superior, Arizona, MS thesis, University of Arizona.

Hammer, D.F. and Webster, R.N. (1962) Some Geologic Features of the Superior Area, Pinal County, Arizona, New Mexico Geological Society, Thirteenth Field Conference Guidebook: 148-152.

USGS Mineral Investigations Field Studies Map MF-253 (1962).

Hewett, D.F., et al (1963), Deposits of the manganese oxides: supplement, Economic Geology: 58: 1-51.

Brett, R. & R.A. Yund (1964), Sulfur-rich bornites, American Mineralogist: 49: 1084-1098.

Mills, J.W. & H.T. Eyrich (1966), The rate of unconformities in the localization of epigenetic mineral deposits in the United States and Canada, Economic Geology: 61: 1232-1257.

Ridge, John D. (1967) (editor). Ore Deposits in the United States 1933-1967, A.I.M.E. Graton Sales, Volume 2.

Hammer, D.F. & D.W. Peterson (1968), Geology of the Magma mine area, AZ, in J.D. Ridge (editor), Ore deposits of the United States, 1933-1967, A.I.M.E.: 1282-1310.

Morimoto, N. & A. Gyobu (1971), The composition and stability of digenite, American Mineralogist: 56: 1889-1909.

Mineralogical Record (1989): 20(5): 387.

Pierce, L. & P.R. Buseck (1978), Superstructuring in the bornite-digenite series: A high-resolution electron microscopy study, American Mineralogist: 63: 1-15.

Barnes, R. & M. Hay (1983), Famous mineral localities: The Magma Mine, Mineralogical Record: 14: 72-82.

Mining Annual Review (1985): 329.

Niemuth, N.J. & K.A. Phillips (1992), Copper Oxide Resources, Arizona Department of Mines & Mineral Resources Open File Report 92-10: 14 (Table 1).

Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.: 129, 142, 152, 163, 166, 182, 186, 188, 191, 195, 204, 206, 213, 219, 229, 240, 256, 287, 341, 343, 353, 354, 361, 373, 377, 385, 388, 393, 416, 417, 422.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources V file.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Directory of Active Mines in Arizona 1980: 14.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Mining District Sheet #608.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Mining Claims Lead file #60069.

USGS Superior Quadrangle map.

New Mexico Bureau of Mines Bull. 65: 14-15, 29.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10048316, MRDS ID M89985; and Dep. ID #10069201, MRDS ID W002674; and Dep. ID 10210793, MAS ID #0040210654; Dep. ID # 10137553, MRDS ID M899885, MAS ID 0040210038.

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