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Stewart Mine (MS 6162; Stewart Lithia mine), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
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Photo: 2008 SDMC
Latitude: 33°22'52"N
Longitude: 117°3'45"W
 
 
Summary:
A complex and highly mineralized granitic pegmatite-aplite dike, located near the village of Pala. The pegmatite was originally mined during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a source of lithium from massive pods of lepidolite that occur in the dike. Was reopened in the late 1960's as a gem mine and has periodically produced specimens and gem material of elbaite, as well as morganite and kunzite. The mine is particularly known for its reddish-pink elbaite.

The deposit is on private land, patented in 1949 by Blanche C. Crane.

Mindat Articles

The Stewart Lithia Tourmaline Mine by E. R. Swoboda 2000 by Scott L. Ritchie


Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities
Albite
var: Cleavelandite
Almandine
Amblygonite
'Amblygonite-Montebrasite Series'
'Apatite'
Bermanite
Beryl
var: Goshenite

var: Heliodor
var: Morganite
Beyerite
'Biotite'
Bismuth
Bismuthinite
Bismutite
Chrysocolla
Columbite-(Mn)
Cookeite
Digenite
Elbaite
Hureaulite
Jahnsite-(MnMnMn) (TL)
Kaolinite
Lepidolite
Leucophosphite
Lithiophilite
'Manganese Oxides'
Microcline
Microlite Group
Montmorillonite
Muscovite
Namibite
Orthoclase
'Perthite'
Phosphosiderite
Pseudomalachite
Pucherite
Purpurite
Quartz
'Salmonsite'
Schorl
Sicklerite (TL)
Spessartine
Spodumene
var: Kunzite
Stewartite (TL)
Stibiotantalite
Strengite
Strunzite
Tantalite-(Mn)
Tosudite
var: Lithium Tosudite

'Tourmaline'
'var: Indicolite'
'var: Rubellite'
'var: Verdelite'
Triphylite
Triplite
Vivianite
Wardite
Zircon


77 entries listed. 44 valid minerals. 3 type localities (valid minerals).

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References

Kunz, G. F. (1905), Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37: pages 55-57; 124-125.

Merrill, F. J. H. (1914), Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego and Imperial Counties: Gems, Lithia Minerals. California State Mining Bureau, San Francisco, Cal. California State Printing Office, December. Chapter 1, pages 61-110.

Jahns, R. H. and Wright, L. A. (1951), Gem and Lithium-bearing pegmatites of the Pala District, San Diego County, California. California Division of Mines special report 7A: pages 59-61.

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 282, 730, 1051.

Sinkankas, J. (1988), Beryl: A Summary. Rocks & Minerals 63(01): p. 21.

Robinson, George W. & King, Vandall T. (1989), What's New in Minerals? Sixteenth Annual Rochester Academy of Science Mineralogical Symposium. Mineralogical Record, Volume 20, Number 5: p. 399.

Bartsch, J. A. (1990), Collections and Displays: California State Mining and Mineral Museum, Mariposa, California. Rocks & Minerals 65(01): p. 45.

Dunning, Gail E. & Cooper, Joseph F. Jr. (1998), Namibite: A Summary of World Occurrences. Mineralogical Record, Volume 29, Number 3: p. 164.

Fisher, J. (2002), Gem and rare-element pegmatites of southern California. Mineralogical Record, Volume 33, Number 5: pages 376-378, photographs.

Morton, D. et al. (2011), Petrogenesis of the Li-bearing Stewart Pegmatite, Pala, California. Unpublished manuscript: 15 pages, charts and photographs.

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