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Mystery Mine (Mystery Tunnel Mine), Gleeson, Turquoise Mining District (Courtland-Gleeson Mining District), Dragoon Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USAi
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Mystery Mine (Mystery Tunnel Mine)Mine
Gleeson- not defined -
Turquoise Mining District (Courtland-Gleeson Mining District)Mining District
Dragoon MtsMountain Range
Cochise Co.County
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
31° 44' 39'' North , 109° 49' 4'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Elfrida459 (2011)14.0km
McNeal238 (2011)21.2km
Sunizona281 (2011)21.8km
Tombstone1,312 (2017)23.9km
Bisbee5,208 (2017)34.5km
Other/historical names associated with this locality:
Minerals Exploration Co. property


A former small underground Pb-Zn-Ag-Cu-Au-Gemstone occurrence/mine located on four patented claims in the SE¼ sec. 29 & NE¼ sec. 32, T19S, R25E, G&SRM, and adjoins the Silver Bill on the East. Discovered in 1879 by J. McMann. Produced 1924-1942. Owned at times, or in part, by the Mystery Mining Co.; D. L. Roscoe and S. Pryor (1950); and, the Minerals Exploration Co.

Mineralization is oxidized lead, zinc, and minor copper ores in irregular replacement ore bodies, controlled by fractures and faults in Pennsylvanian-Permian Naco Group limestone. Ore concentration was strong oxidation causing deposition of malachite and azurite. Associated rock units include the Gleeson Quartz Monzonite and the Sugarloaf Quartz Latite Porphyry.

Local structures include the Naco unit dipping 40-50NE near the quartz monzonite contact. The intrusion plane dips 5W, exhibiting only slight marbleization of the limestone.

At the adit portal, impure, dark gray Permian (?) limestone, dipping steeply southeastward, is intruded by quartz monzonite which, a short distance farther east, is in turn intruded by quartz-monzonite porphyry. The intrusive contact between the quartz monzonite and the limestone, as exposed in the adit, dips 5 degrees westward.

Workings include underground openings including tunnels.

Production was some 9,300 tons of ore produced from 1924 to 1930 and 94 tons in 1942.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Sonoran Desert, North AmericaDesert

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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


23 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Aurichalcite
Formula: (Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 122.
Azurite
Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Rocks & Min.: 65: 17 & 24.
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Chlorargyrite
Formula: AgCl
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Chrysocolla
Formula: Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 228.
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Hemimorphite
Formula: Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Description: Occurs as incrustations & druses.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 247, 357; Knudson, H.P. (1983), The Silver Bill mine, Gleeson, AZ, Min.Rec.: 14: 127-131; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 101.
Jarosite
Formula: KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Pyrolusite
Formula: Mn4+O2
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10048117, MRDS ID #M800139.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Rosasite
Formula: (Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2
Description: Large specimens of botryoidal crusts with associated minerals and manganese oxides.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 357; Knudson, H.P. (1983), The Silver Bill mine, Gleeson, AZ, Min.Rec.: 14: 127-131.
Smithsonite
Formula: ZnCO3
Colour: Blue to green
Description: Incrustations and crystalline masses.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 357, 374; Knudson, H.P. (1983), The Silver Bill mine, Gleeson, AZ, Min.Rec.: 14: 127-131; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 48.
'Wad'
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Wulfenite
Formula: Pb(MoO4)
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 425; Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of AZ: 48, 80; Rocks & Min.: 65: 17 & 24.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Group 3 - Halides
Chlorargyrite3.AA.15AgCl
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Pyrolusite4.DB.05Mn4+O2
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Aragonite5.AB.15CaCO3
Aurichalcite5.BA.15(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Azurite5.BA.05Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Dolomite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Rosasite5.BA.10(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2
Smithsonite5.AB.05ZnCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Jarosite7.BC.10KFe3+3(SO4)2(OH)6
Wulfenite7.GA.05Pb(MoO4)
Group 9 - Silicates
Chrysocolla9.ED.20Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Hemimorphite9.BD.10Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Wad'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
AX2
Pyrolusite4.4.1.4Mn4+O2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX
Chlorargyrite9.1.4.1AgCl
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Smithsonite14.1.1.6ZnCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Azurite16a.2.1.1Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Rosasite16a.3.1.2(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2
Aurichalcite16a.4.2.1(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Jarosite30.2.5.1KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Wulfenite48.1.3.1Pb(MoO4)
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 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
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Aragonite-CaCO3
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Wad'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
H HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
H Rosasite(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
H ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
C Rosasite(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2
C SmithsoniteZnCO3
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C AragoniteCaCO3
C AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
C CerussitePbCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
OOxygen
O WulfenitePb(MoO4)
O CalciteCaCO3
O Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
O HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
O Rosasite(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2
O SmithsoniteZnCO3
O AnglesitePbSO4
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O AragoniteCaCO3
O HematiteFe2O3
O JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O PyrolusiteMn4+O2
O AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
O CerussitePbCO3
O QuartzSiO2
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
MgMagnesium
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
AlAluminium
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
SiSilicon
Si HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si QuartzSiO2
Si ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
SSulfur
S GalenaPbS
S AnglesitePbSO4
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S PyriteFeS2
S JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
ClChlorine
Cl ChlorargyriteAgCl
KPotassium
K JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca AragoniteCaCO3
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
MnManganese
Mn PyrolusiteMn4+O2
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
CuCopper
Cu Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Cu Rosasite(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Cu ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
ZnZinc
Zn Aurichalcite(Zn,Cu)5(CO3)2(OH)6
Zn HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Zn Rosasite(Cu,Zn)2(CO3)(OH)2
Zn SmithsoniteZnCO3
MoMolybdenum
Mo WulfenitePb(MoO4)
AgSilver
Ag ChlorargyriteAgCl
PbLead
Pb WulfenitePb(MoO4)
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb AnglesitePbSO4
Pb CerussitePbCO3

References

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Wilson, E.D. (1927) Geology and ore deposits of the Courtland-Gleeson region, Arizona: Arizona Bureau of Mines Bulletin 123, 79 p.: 77-78.
Wilson, E.D., et al (1951), Arizona zinc and lead deposits, part II, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 158: 17-19.
Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of Arizona: 48, 80, 101.
Keith, Stanton B. (1973), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 187, Index of Mining Properties in Cochise County, Arizona: 84 (Table 4).
Knudson, H.P. (1983), The Silver Bill mine, Gleeson, Arizona. Mineralogical Record: 14: 127-131.
Rocks & Minerals (1990): 65: 17 & 24.
Blair, Gerry (1992), The Rockhound's Guide to Arizona: Helena, MT, Falcon Press.
Niemuth, N.J. & K.A. Phillips (1992), Copper Oxide Resources, Arizona Department of Mines & Mineral Resources Open File Report 92-10: 5 (Table 1).
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.: 122, 228, 247, 357, 374, 425.
Arizona Bureau of Mines files.
U.S. Bureau of Mines (1995), Minerals Availability System/Mineral Industry Location System (MAS/MILS), U.S. Bureau of Mines, file ID #0040030662.
USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, deposit ID #10048117 & 10209798.
USGS MRDS ID #M800139.
USGS Outlaw Mountain, Arizona, quadrangle 7.5 minute topo map.

USGS MRDS Record:10048117
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