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National Belle Mine (National Bell Mine), Red Mountain, Red Mountain District, Ouray Co., Colorado, USAi
Regional Level Types
National Belle Mine (National Bell Mine)Mine
Red MountainMountain
Red Mountain DistrictMining District
Ouray Co.County
ColoradoState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
37° 54' 15'' North , 107° 42' 15'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Telluride2,399 (2018)10.2km
Silverton637 (2011)10.8km
Ophir169 (2017)12.4km
Ouray1,008 (2017)13.5km
Mountain Village1,395 (2017)13.7km


Mine is located on a breccia pipe composed of chert forming a knob 120 m in diameter and 60 m high. Located on Red Mountain on the Ouray Co. side of the Ouray - San Juan county line. Near Gladstone (San Juan Co.).

Ref.:
- Dana 6: 686, 1050;

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 559.

- Rocks & Min.: 63:369.
- First produstion in 1995. Pit is centered on the old Cresson mine.
- Smith, A.E. and Rosemeyer, T. (1986). "Great pockets: the National Belle mine." Mineralogical Record, 17(4),pp:229-236.


Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Rocky Mountains, North AmericaMountain Range

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


25 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Alunite
Formula: KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Description: Composition closer to natroalunite.
Reference: Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 559; Mineralogical Record (1986) 17: 229-236.
Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Colusite
Formula: Cu13VAs3S16
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Covellite
Formula: CuS
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Diaspore
Formula: AlO(OH)
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Dickite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Enargite
Formula: Cu3AsS4
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Natroalunite
Formula: NaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Reference: Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 559; Mineralogical Record (1986) 17: 229-236.
Pitticite
Formula: (Fe, AsO4, H2O) (?)
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Pyrargyrite
Formula: Ag3SbS3
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Scorodite ?
Formula: Fe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Tennantite
Formula: Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4S13
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Tetrahedrite
Formula: Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Reference: Min Rec (1986) 17:229-236
Uraninite
Formula: UO2
Reference: Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckel
Zunyite
Formula: Al13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl
Reference: Robert Stoufer collection

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Gold1.AA.05Au
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Colusite2.CB.30Cu13VAs3S16
Covellite2.CA.05aCuS
Enargite2.KA.05Cu3AsS4
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrargyrite2.GA.05Ag3SbS3
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Tennantite2.GB.05Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4S13
Tetrahedrite2.GB.05Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Diaspore4.FD.10AlO(OH)
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Uraninite4.DL.05UO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Alunite7.BC.10KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Natroalunite7.BC.10NaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Pitticite8.DB.05(Fe, AsO4, H2O) (?)
Scorodite ?8.CD.10Fe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
Group 9 - Silicates
Dickite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Zunyite9.BJ.55Al13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl

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
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
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø > 4
Colusite3.1.1.1Cu13VAs3S16
ø = 4
Enargite3.2.1.1Cu3AsS4
3 <ø < 4
Tennantite3.3.6.2Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4S13
Tetrahedrite3.3.6.1Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
ø = 3
Pyrargyrite3.4.1.2Ag3SbS3
Group 5 - OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
AXO2·xH2O
Uraninite5.1.1.1UO2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Diaspore6.1.1.1AlO(OH)
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Alunite30.2.4.1KAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES
(AB)5(XO4)2·xH2O
Scorodite ?40.4.1.3Fe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
Group 43 - COMPOUND PHOSPHATES, ETC.
Hydrated Compound Phosphates, etc·, Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
Pitticite43.5.3.1(Fe, AsO4, H2O) (?)
Group 57 - SOROSILICATES Si3O10 Groups and Larger Noncyclic Groups
Insular Si3O10 and Larger Noncyclic Groups with [Si5O16] groups
Zunyite57.3.1.1Al13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 1:1 layers
Dickite71.1.1.1Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Natroalunite-NaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H NatroaluniteNaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H DickiteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
H DiasporeAlO(OH)
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H Pitticite(Fe, AsO4, H2O) (?)
H ZunyiteAl13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl
H ScoroditeFe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
CCarbon
C CerussitePbCO3
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
OOxygen
O NatroaluniteNaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O DickiteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
O AnglesitePbSO4
O BaryteBaSO4
O CerussitePbCO3
O DiasporeAlO(OH)
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O Pitticite(Fe, AsO4, H2O) (?)
O QuartzSiO2
O ZunyiteAl13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl
O UraniniteUO2
O ScoroditeFe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
FFluorine
F ZunyiteAl13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl
NaSodium
Na NatroaluniteNaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
AlAluminium
Al NatroaluniteNaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al DickiteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
Al DiasporeAlO(OH)
Al ZunyiteAl13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl
SiSilicon
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si DickiteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si QuartzSiO2
Si ZunyiteAl13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl
SSulfur
S TennantiteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4S13
S NatroaluniteNaAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
S EnargiteCu3AsS4
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
S AnglesitePbSO4
S BaryteBaSO4
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S ColusiteCu13VAs3S16
S CovelliteCuS
S GalenaPbS
S PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
S TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
ClChlorine
Cl ZunyiteAl13Si5O20(OH,F)18Cl
KPotassium
K AluniteKAl3(SO4)2(OH)6
VVanadium
V ColusiteCu13VAs3S16
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe Pitticite(Fe, AsO4, H2O) (?)
Fe TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Fe ScoroditeFe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
CuCopper
Cu TennantiteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4S13
Cu EnargiteCu3AsS4
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu ColusiteCu13VAs3S16
Cu CovelliteCuS
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
AsArsenic
As TennantiteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]As4S13
As EnargiteCu3AsS4
As ColusiteCu13VAs3S16
As Pitticite(Fe, AsO4, H2O) (?)
As ScoroditeFe3+AsO4 · 2H2O
AgSilver
Ag PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
SbAntimony
Sb PyrargyriteAg3SbS3
Sb TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
AuGold
Au GoldAu
PbLead
Pb AnglesitePbSO4
Pb CerussitePbCO3
Pb GalenaPbS
UUranium
U UraniniteUO2

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.

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Miocene - Eocene
5.333 - 56 Ma



ID: 3190650
Cenozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Cenozoic (5.333 - 56 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: San Juan Mountains

Comments: Southern Rocky Mountains

Lithology: Intermediate-felsic volcanic 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]

Oligocene
23.03 - 33.9 Ma



ID: 2813930
Intra-ash flow andesitic lavas

Age: Oligocene (23.03 - 33.9 Ma)

Comments: Original map source: Green, G.N., 1992, The Digital Geologic Map of Colorado in ARC/INFO Format: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-0507, 9 p., scale 1:500,000.

Lithology: Major:{andesite}

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]

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


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