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Ace Of Diamonds Mine, Liberty, Swauk District, Kittitas Co., Washington, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 47° 15' North , 120° 40' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 47.25000,-120.66667
GeoHash:G#: c26hy1t5n
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate


Don Volkman visited and reported, "This is a small pit some tens of feet in diameter filled with sedimentary debris. The gold grew there in sand or clay and the gold in quartz and gold in calcite might have been transported there." (Don Volkman (2014). Private Communication). I'm not sure what Don visited but the Ace of Diamonds is a hard rock mine.

However Nick Zentner reports it a crystallised gold hard rock mine on Flag Mountain above Liberty, Washington. It is beside the Ollie Jordan Mine.

Basalt Dykes intruded sedimentary layers and on intersection with carbonaceous shales deposited the gold. So open spaces or calcite or quartz could host the gold.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


5 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

'Electrum'
Formula: (Au, Ag)
Reference: www.cannonmicroprobe.com/Mineral_Specimens.htm
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Van King
Gold
Formula: Au
Habit: Delicate arborescent and herring bone
Colour: yellow
Fluorescence: none
Description: Some of Barlow's finest golds , now in the Rice Museum
Reference: Rice Museum
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Van King
Muscovite var: Sericite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Van King
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Quartz
Formula: SiO2

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
'Electrum'1.AA.05(Au, Ag)
'Gold'1.AA.05Au
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
'Galena'2.CD.10PbS
'Pyrite'2.EB.05aFeS2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Quartz'4.DA.05SiO2
Group 9 - Silicates
'Muscovite'9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Sericite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2

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
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Electrum'-(Au, Ag)
Muscovite
var: Sericite
-KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
OOxygen
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O QuartzSiO2
O Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
AlAluminium
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SSulfur
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
KPotassium
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
AgSilver
Ag Electrum(Au, Ag)
AuGold
Au Electrum(Au, Ag)
Au GoldAu
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

Regional Geology

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.

Click on geological units on the map for more information. Click here to view full-screen map on Macrostrat.org

Holocene
0 - 0.0117 Ma



ID: 2965481
Alluvium

Age: Anthropocene (0 - 0.0117 Ma)

Description: Mostly unconsolidated silt, sand, and gravel valley fill with some clay; includes low-level terrace, marsh, peat, artificial fill, and glacial deposits locally.

Comments: Original map source: Raines, Gary L., and Johnson, Bruce R., 1996, Digital representation of the Washington state geologic map; a contribution to the Interior Columbia River basin ecosystem management project, U.S. Geological Survey Open-file report 95-0684, 20 p., plus digi

Lithology: Major:{silt,sand}, Minor:{gravel}, Incidental:{peat, clay}

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. [133]

Eocene
33.9 - 56 Ma



ID: 1434716
Swauk Formation

Age: Eocene (33.9 - 56 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Swauk Formation

Lithology: Continental sedimentary deposits or rocks

Reference: Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources. Washington Interactive Geologic Map: 1:100,000 scale. Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources. [19]

Precambrian
541 - 4000 Ma



ID: 3192388
sedimentary rocks

Age: Precambrian (541 - 4000 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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www.cannonmicroprobe.com/Mineral_Specimens.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsBZfRJihdw Liberty Gold Mine Geology by Nick Zentner, Central Washington University


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