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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

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 14' 30'' North , 116° 12' 16'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.2419444444, -116.204722222

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 ( 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%.

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84 valid minerals. 5 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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Wright, L.A., et al (1953), Mines and mineral resources of San Bernardino County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology, California Division of Mines (Report 49): 49(1-2): 64, tabulated list of mines p. 71, 101.

Goodwin, Joseph Grant (1957) Lead and zinc in California. California Journal of Mines and Geology, Division of Mines (Report 53): 53(3&4): 616.

Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 144.

Crowley, Jack A. (1977), Minerals of the Blue Bell mine, San Bernardino County, California. Mineralogical Record: 8: 494-497.

Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 104, 162, 183-184, 190, 196, 211, 229, 233, 234, 298, 299, 340, 514.

Maynard, M. F. (editor) (1984), The Blue Bell Claims San Bernardino County, California, San Bernardino County Museum, pp. 61.

Rocks & Minerals (1985): 60(1): 8.

American Mineralogist (2000): 85: 604, 607.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10189211 & 10034014.

Kamph, Anthony R., George R. Rossman and Robert M. Housley (2009), Plumbophyllite, a new species from the Blue Bell claims near Baker, San Bernardino County, California, American Mineralogist: 94: 1198–1204.

Marty, J., Kampf, A. R., Housley, R. M., Mills, S. J. & Weiß, S.. (2010). Seltene neue Tellurmineralien aus Kalifornien, Utah, Arizona und New Mexiko (USA). Lapis: 35(12): 42-51, 66.

Mills, S.J., Kampf, A.R., Kolitsch, U., Housley, R.M. & Raudsepp, M. (2010) The crystal chemistry and crystal structure of kuksite, Pb3Zn3Te6+P2O14, and a note on the crystal structure of yafsoanite, (Ca,Pb)3Zn(TeO6)2. American Mineralogist: 95(7): 933–938.

Kampf, A.R., Mills, S.J., Housley, R.M., Bottrill, R.S. and Kolitsch, U. (2011): Reynoldsite, IMA 2011-051. CNMNC Newsletter No. 10, October 2011: 2560.

Mills, S.J., Kampf, A.R., Christy, A.G., Housley, R.M., Rossman, G.R., Reynolds, R.E., Marty, J. (2014): Bluebellite and mojaveite, two new minerals from the central Mojave Desert, California, USA. Mineralogical Magazine, 78, 1325-1340.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060710234.

Mineralogical Magazine: 75: 2549-2561.

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