Blue Bell Mine (Blue Bell claims; Hard Luck Mine; Hard Luck claims; Atkinson), Zzyzx (Fort Soda; Soda; Soda Springs; Zzyzx Mineral Spring Resort), Soda Mts, Silver Lake District, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||35° 14' 30'' North , 116° 12' 16'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||35.24194,-116.20472|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
A group of Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn-Au-Bi-V-Mo claims and former lode mine located in the SE¼ sec. 2, T13N, R7E, SBM, 14.3 km (8.9 miles) NW of Zzyzx and about 6 miles N of interstate highway 15 and 12.3 km (7.7 miles) W of Baker, on Bureau of Land Management-administered land. It is accessed off the Zzyzx Road offramp of Interstate 15. The Zzyzx Road off-ramp is 6.4 miles southeast of Baker, California. NOTE: MRDS file #10034014 places the locality in sec. 27, T14N, R7E, SBM.
NOTE: Coordinates are for the adit 1A/parking area of the complex. Taken by Steve Stuart, Jan. 2012.
NOTE: Not to be confused with the "Blue Bell Mine" near Baker (http://www.mindat.org/loc-3543.html) which - apparently - only produced corundum.
Mineralization is a lenticular ore body hosted in granite and limestone. The ore minerals occur in a carbonate gangue. Local rocks include Mesozoic granitic rocks, unit 3 (Sierra Nevada, Death Valley area, Northern Mojave Desert and Transverse Ranges).
Workings include underground openings consisting of a 48-foot deep shaft and several irregular adits connected by irregular stopes.
Production included the shipment of complex ore to Selby in 1949 and 1951. Average recovery was 7.5% Pb, 0.95% Cu, 5.31 ounces Ag per ton, plus some Au. Assays show Cu up to 4.5%.
85 valid minerals. 5 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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|Cisuralian - Mississippian|
272.3 - 358.9 Ma
|Carboniferous marine rocks, unit 2 (SE California Carbonate Assemblage)|
Age: Paleozoic (272.3 - 358.9 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Anvil Spring Formation; Bird Spring Formation; Tihvipah Limestone (part); Monte Cristo Limestone; Santa Rosa Hills Limestone; Perdido Group; Stone Canyon Formation; Tin Mountain Limestone; Indian Springs Formation
Comments: Southeastern California carbonate assemblage (eastern Mojave Desert and southeastern Death Valley area). Consists primarily of limestone with minor siltstone and sandstone.Includes some rocks of Early Permian age,
Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052.