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Gold King Mine, La Plata Mining District (California Mining District), La Plata Co., Colorado, USAi
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Gold King MineMine
La Plata Mining District (California Mining District)Mining District
La Plata Co.County
ColoradoState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
37° 24' 49'' North , 108° 1' 31'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Durango18,006 (2017)20.0km
Mancos1,380 (2017)24.5km
Rico255 (2017)31.0km
Dolores963 (2017)42.8km
Bayfield2,567 (2017)43.2km


REF:Deposit:: ECKEL, E.B., AND OTHERS, 1949, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE LA PLATA DISTRICT, COLORADO: USGS PROF. PAPER 219, P. 73-76, 120-123, PL. 22.
Deposit:: COLORADO DIV. MINES INF. REPTS. AND ANNUAL OPERATOR REPTS.
Deposit:: BLM MINERAL SURVEYS MS
(American Flag; MS 20372; Bonanza; MS 20371; Bonanza Extension; MS 20371; New Copper Hill Extension; June; Gold King; MS 20371; Jo Dandy; Jim; MS 20373; Unpatented Claims: Alice)
; Patented Claims: Eureka; MS 1271; Independence; MS 20371; Hierro
Commodities (Major) - Gold, Silver; (Minor) - Lead, Zinc; (Trace) - Mercury, Copper, Antimony, Tellurium
Deposit Type: Vein
Development Status: Past Producer
Deposit Model: 85: Polymetallic veins
Host Rock Unit: Cutler Formation, Glacial Outwash
Structure: La Plata Dome, San Juan Uplift, Four Corners Platform
Host Rock: Sandstone, Mudstone, Shale
Tectonic Structure: Central Cordillera (Southern Rocky Mtns)

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Standard Detailed Gallery Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

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Mineral List


17 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Note: data is currently VERY limited. Please bear with us while we work towards adding this information!

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Detailed Mineral List:

Ankerite
Formula: Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Calaverite
Formula: AuTe2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Coloradoite
Formula: HgTe
Reference: Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hessite
Formula: Ag2Te
Reference: Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
Krennerite
Formula: Au3AgTe8
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Miargyrite
Formula: AgSbS2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Petzite
Formula: Ag3AuTe2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Sylvanite
Formula: (Au,Ag)2Te4
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Tellurium
Formula: Te
Reference: Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
'Tetrahedrite Subgroup'
Formula: Cu6(Cu4$c2+2)Sb4S12S
Reference: U.S. Geological Survey, 2005, Mineral Resources Data System: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.

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List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Gold1.AA.05Au
Tellurium1.CC.10Te
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Calaverite2.EA.10AuTe2
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Coloradoite2.CB.05aHgTe
Hessite2.BA.60Ag2Te
Krennerite2.EA.15Au3AgTe8
Miargyrite2.HA.10AgSbS2
Petzite2.BA.75Ag3AuTe2
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Sylvanite2.EA.05(Au,Ag)2Te4
'Tetrahedrite Subgroup'2.GB.05Cu6(Cu4$c2+2)Sb4S12S
Group 3 - Halides
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Ankerite5.AB.10Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Semi-metals and non-metals
Tellurium1.3.4.2Te
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Hessite2.4.2.1Ag2Te
Petzite2.4.3.3Ag3AuTe2
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Coloradoite2.8.2.5HgTe
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Calaverite2.12.13.2AuTe2
Krennerite2.12.13.1Au3AgTe8
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Sylvanite2.12.13.3(Au,Ag)2Te4
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
3 <ø < 4
'Tetrahedrite Subgroup'3.3.6.1Cu6(Cu4$c2+2)Sb4S12S
ø = 2
Miargyrite3.7.3.2AgSbS2
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
AB(XO3)2
Ankerite14.2.1.2Ca(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

CCarbon
C AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
O CalciteCaCO3
O BaryteBaSO4
O QuartzSiO2
FFluorine
F FluoriteCaF2
MgMagnesium
Mg AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S Tetrahedrite SubgroupCu6(Cu4$c22+)Sb4S12S
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S MiargyriteAgSbS2
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S BaryteBaSO4
CaCalcium
Ca FluoriteCaF2
Ca AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
Ca CalciteCaCO3
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe AnkeriteCa(Fe2+,Mg)(CO3)2
CuCopper
Cu Tetrahedrite SubgroupCu6(Cu4$c22+)Sb4S12S
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AgSilver
Ag KrenneriteAu3AgTe8
Ag Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
Ag MiargyriteAgSbS2
Ag PetziteAg3AuTe2
Ag HessiteAg2Te
SbAntimony
Sb Tetrahedrite SubgroupCu6(Cu4$c22+)Sb4S12S
Sb MiargyriteAgSbS2
TeTellurium
Te KrenneriteAu3AgTe8
Te CalaveriteAuTe2
Te Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
Te PetziteAg3AuTe2
Te TelluriumTe
Te HessiteAg2Te
Te ColoradoiteHgTe
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
AuGold
Au KrenneriteAu3AgTe8
Au CalaveriteAuTe2
Au Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
Au GoldAu
Au PetziteAg3AuTe2
HgMercury
Hg ColoradoiteHgTe

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