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Limestone Onyx

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Name:From its similarity to onyx and its limestone origins.
A variety of Calcite

A variety of banded calcite of stalagmitic origin showing patterns similar to onyx. Often cut and used as a decorative stone.

Note: some sources shorten the name to 'onyx'. This is incorrect and confusing and should not be encouraged. True onyx is quartz (hardness 7), this material is much softer (hardness 3) and has very much lower acid resistance.

Classification of Limestone Onyx

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Other Names for Limestone Onyx

Synonyms:
Alabaster OnyxAlgerian OnyxCalcite OnyxCave OnyxGibraltar Stone
Mexican AgateMexican OnyxMexikanischer AchatMexikanischer OnyxOnyx Marble
Oriental AlabasterYaqui OnyxYava Onyx
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Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

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  • Localities for Limestone Onyx

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Argentina
     
    • Jujuy
      • El Carmen Department
        • Puesto Viejo
    Saravia, T.S. (1960) Geografia de la Provincia de Jujuy. (Jujuy provincial government, publications advisory commission, No. 3)
    Saravia, T.S. (1960) Geografia de la Provincia de Jujuy. (Jujuy provincial government, publications advisory commission, No. 3)
    • San Luis
    Mexico
     
    • Baja California (Baja California Norte; BC Norte)
      • Mun. de Ensenada
        • El Marmol
    Panczner(1987):128.
    USA
     
    • Arizona
      • Coconino Co.
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 151-152; Engineering & Mining Jour. (1922); Wilson, E.D. & G.H. Roseveare (1949), Arizona Nonmetallics, A Summary of Past Production and Present Operations, 2nd. Edition (revised), AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 155: 48.
        • Havasu Canyon
    Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 47.
    Galbraith. F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 47.
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 151; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 47.
        • Winona
    Wilson, E.D. & G.H. Roseveare (1949), Arizona Nonmetallics, A Summary of Past Production and Present Operations, 2nd. Edition (revised), AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 155: 48.
      • Gila Co.
        • Pine area
          • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
    Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 47.
      • Maricopa Co.
        • Camp Creek
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 152; Bowles, O. (1940), Onyx marble & travertine, US Bur. of Mines Inf. Circ. 6751R; Tenney, J.B. (1928), The Mineral Industries of Arizona, AZ Bur. of Mines Bull. 125: 107.
    MRDS file #10258884.
      • Mohave Co.
    Galbraith, F.W. & Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 47.
    Galbraith, F.W. & Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 47.
    Blair, G. (1992), The Rockhound's Guide to Arizona: Helena, MT, Falcon Press.
      • Pima Co.
    Univ. AZ Bull. 41 (1916-17), Mineralogy of Useful Minerals in AZ: 47.
        • Santa Rita Mts
          • Greaterville District
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 152; Univ. AZ Bull. 41 (1916-17), Mineralogy of Useful Minerals in AZ: 47.
      • Santa Cruz Co.
        • Oro Blanco Mts
          • Oro Blanco District (Ruby District)
    Keith, Stanton B. (1975), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 191, Index of Mining Properties in Santa Cruz County Arizona: 62 (Table 4).
        • Santa Rita Mts
          • Greaterville District
    Univ. of AZ Bull. 41 (1916-17), Mineralogy of Useful Minerals in AZ: 47; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 47..
    Keith, Stanton B. (1975), Arizona Bureau of mines Bull. 191, Index of Mining Properties in Santa Cruz County Arizona: 55; USGS Mineral Resources (1913), Pt. 2: 1344.
      • Yavapai Co.
        • Ash Fork
    Wilson, E.D. & G.H. Roseveare (1949), Arizona Nonmetallics, A Summary of Past Production and Present Operations, 2nd. Edition (revised), AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 155: 48.
        • Bradshaw Mts (Bradshaw Range)
          • Big Bug District
    Jones, E.L., Jr. & F.L. Ransome (1920), Deposits of manganese ore in Arizona, USGS Bull. 710-D: 125.
            • Mayer
              • Big Bug Creek
    Tenney, J.B. (1928), The Mineral Industries of AZ, AZ Bur. of Mines Bull. 125: 107.
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 153; Univ. of AZ Bull. 41 (1916-17), Mineralogy of Useful Minerals in AZ: 47.
    MRDS database Dep. ID #10110116, MRDS ID #TC35439.
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 153.
    Lindgren, W. (1926), USGS Bull. 782: 31.
          • Agua Fria River
    Wilson, E.D. & G.M. Butler (1930), Manganese ore deposits in AZ, AZ Bur. of Mines Bull. 127: 97.
    Wilson, E.D. & G.M. Butler (1930), Manganese ore deposits in AZ, AZ Bur. of Mines Bull. 127: 96-97.
    Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 153; Funnell, J.E. & E.J. Wolfe (1964), Compendium on nonmetallic minerals of AZ, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX.
        • Thompson Valley
          • Hillside
    MRDS database Dep. ID #10110072, MRDS ID #TC10273.
    • Arkansas
      • Carroll Co.
    Jay Ellis Ransom,1974, Gems and Minerals of America
    • California
      • Colusa Co.
        • Coast Ranges
    USGS: Mineral Res. of the US (1908)
      • Inyo Co.
        • Argus Mts (Argus Range)
          • Millspaugh
    Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 209-210.
      • San Luis Obispo Co.
        • Santa Lucia Mts (Santa Lucia Range)
    USGS: Mineral Res. of the US (1908)
      • Siskiyou Co.
        • Shasta Springs
    Averill, Charles V. (1935), Mines and mineral resources of Siskiyou County: California Journal of Mines and Geology, California Division Mines (Report 31): 31(3): 334.
      • Solano Co.
    USGS Mineral Resources of the US (1908).
    • Utah
      • Tooele Co.
      • Utah Co.
        • Utah Lake
          • Pelican Point
    Rocks & Min.: 12: 274-277.
    • Wisconsin
      • Grant Co.
        • Upper Mississippi Valley District
          • Smelser Township
    Rocks & Min.: 13: 268.
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