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Mahd Adh Dhahab Mine (Mahad Dahahab Mine; Cradle of Gold Mine), Wejh, Mintaqah Tabuk, Saudi Arabiai
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Mahd Adh Dhahab Mine (Mahad Dahahab Mine; Cradle of Gold Mine)Mine
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
23° 29' 59'' North , 40° 51' 38'' East
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A gold mine located near Wejh. Mineralization is an epithermal, low-sulfidation, adularia-type, polymetallic deposit. Swarms of gold-bearing quartz veins have been mined for gold and silver for more than 3,000 years. A gold-silver property closed about 1955 and reopened 1985-86. Owned by the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndicate, Ltd.
Placer mines are on the flanks of the veins.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.


Mineral List


36 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Acanthite
Formula: Ag2S
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Altaite
Formula: PbTe
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc
Calaverite
Formula: AuTe2
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Chalcocite
Formula: Cu2S
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404; USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Chrysocolla
Formula: Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Covellite
Formula: CuS
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
'Electrum'
Formula: (Au, Ag)
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc
Epidote
Formula: {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Frohbergite
Formula: FeTe2
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404; USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; Rocks & Min.: 23:234.; Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404; USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Hemimorphite
Formula: Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Hessite
Formula: Ag2Te
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
Hydrozincite
Formula: Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
'K Feldspar'
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
'K Feldspar var: Adularia'
Formula: KAlSi3O8
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
'Leucoxene'
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Microcline
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc
Muscovite var: Sericite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc
Petzite
Formula: Ag3AuTe2
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
Polybasite ?
Formula: [(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Pyrargyrite ?
Formula: Ag3SbS3
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404; USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Pyrolusite
Formula: Mn4+O2
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Rickardite
Formula: Cu7Te5
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc
Silver
Formula: Ag
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Smithsonite
Formula: ZnCO3
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: http://gisarabia.brgm.fr/Publications/RESUMNEW.doc; Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404; USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Sylvanite
Formula: (Au,Ag)2Te4
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
'Tetrahedrite'
Formula: Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865
Volynskite
Formula: AgBiTe2
Reference: Econ.Geol.: 83; 395-404
'Wad'
Reference: USGS Open File Report 1976-0865

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
'Electrum'1.AA.05(Au, Ag)
Gold1.AA.05Au
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Acanthite2.BA.35Ag2S
Altaite2.CD.10PbTe
Calaverite2.EA.10AuTe2
Chalcocite2.BA.05Cu2S
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Covellite2.CA.05aCuS
Frohbergite2.EB.10aFeTe2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Hessite2.BA.60Ag2Te
Petzite2.BA.75Ag3AuTe2
Polybasite ?2.GB.15[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Pyrargyrite ?2.GA.05Ag3SbS3
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Rickardite2.BA.30Cu7Te5
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Sylvanite2.EA.05(Au,Ag)2Te4
'Tetrahedrite'2.GB.05Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
Volynskite2.JA.20AgBiTe2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Magnetite4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Pyrolusite4.DB.05Mn4+O2
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Hydrozincite5.BA.15Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Smithsonite5.AB.05ZnCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Group 9 - Silicates
Chrysocolla9.ED.20Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Epidote9.BG.05a{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Hemimorphite9.BD.10Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Microcline9.FA.30K(AlSi3O8)
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Sericite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-
'K Feldspar'-
'var: Adularia'-KAlSi3O8
'Leucoxene'-
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Wad'-

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
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Acanthite2.4.1.1Ag2S
Chalcocite2.4.7.1Cu2S
Hessite2.4.2.1Ag2Te
Petzite2.4.3.3Ag3AuTe2
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Altaite2.8.1.3PbTe
Covellite2.8.12.1CuS
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
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
Frohbergite2.12.2.3FeTe2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Sylvanite2.12.13.3(Au,Ag)2Te4
Miscellaneous
Rickardite2.16.15.1Cu7Te5
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø > 4
Polybasite ?3.1.7.2[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
3 <ø < 4
'Tetrahedrite'3.3.6.1Cu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
ø = 3
Pyrargyrite ?3.4.1.2Ag3SbS3
ø = 2
Volynskite3.7.1.3AgBiTe2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
AX2
Pyrolusite4.4.1.4Mn4+O2
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Smithsonite14.1.1.6ZnCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Hydrozincite16a.4.1.1Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 56 - SOROSILICATES Si2O7 Groups, With Additional O, OH, F and H2O
Si2O7 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [4] coordination
Hemimorphite56.1.2.1Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Group 58 - SOROSILICATES Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups
Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups with cations in [6] and higher coordination; single and double groups (n = 1, 2)
Epidote58.2.1a.7{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
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 74 - PHYLLOSILICATES Modulated Layers
Modulated Layers with joined strips
Chrysocolla74.3.2.1Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Microcline76.1.1.5K(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-
'Electrum'-(Au, Ag)
'K Feldspar'-
'var: Adularia'-KAlSi3O8
'Leucoxene'-
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Muscovite
var: Sericite
-KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
'Wad'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
H HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
H HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CCarbon
C SideriteFeCO3
C CalciteCaCO3
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
C SmithsoniteZnCO3
C CerussitePbCO3
OOxygen
O QuartzSiO2
O Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
O SideriteFeCO3
O CalciteCaCO3
O HematiteFe2O3
O BaryteBaSO4
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
O K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
O PyrolusiteMn4+O2
O HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
O SmithsoniteZnCO3
O HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
O AnglesitePbSO4
O CerussitePbCO3
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
AlAluminium
Al Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Al Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Al K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
Al ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Si Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Si K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
Si ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Si HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SSulfur
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
S BaryteBaSO4
S TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
S AcanthiteAg2S
S CovelliteCuS
S ChalcociteCu2S
S AnglesitePbSO4
S Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
S PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
KPotassium
K Muscovite (var: Sericite)KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
K K Feldspar (var: Adularia)KAlSi3O8
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
MnManganese
Mn PyrolusiteMn4+O2
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe SideriteFeCO3
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe FrohbergiteFeTe2
Fe Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu RickarditeCu7Te5
Cu TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
Cu CovelliteCuS
Cu ChalcociteCu2S
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Cu Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Zn SmithsoniteZnCO3
Zn HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
AsArsenic
As Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
AgSilver
Ag Electrum(Au, Ag)
Ag HessiteAg2Te
Ag PetziteAg3AuTe2
Ag Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
Ag VolynskiteAgBiTe2
Ag AcanthiteAg2S
Ag SilverAg
Ag Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Ag PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
SbAntimony
Sb TetrahedriteCu6Cu4(X)2Sb4S13
Sb Polybasite[(Ag,Cu)6(Sb,As)2S7][Ag9CuS4]
Sb PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
TeTellurium
Te HessiteAg2Te
Te PetziteAg3AuTe2
Te AltaitePbTe
Te Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
Te CalaveriteAuTe2
Te RickarditeCu7Te5
Te VolynskiteAgBiTe2
Te FrohbergiteFeTe2
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
AuGold
Au GoldAu
Au Electrum(Au, Ag)
Au PetziteAg3AuTe2
Au Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
Au CalaveriteAuTe2
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb AltaitePbTe
Pb AnglesitePbSO4
Pb CerussitePbCO3
BiBismuth
Bi VolynskiteAgBiTe2

References

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Mining Annual Review (1985): 474-475.
Rocks & Minerals: 23:234.
Luce, R.W., Bagdady, A. & Roberts,R.J. (1976) Geology and ore deposits of the Mahd Adh Dhahab District, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. USGS Open File Report 1976-0865, 31p.

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