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Oceanview Mine (MS 6452; MS 6848; Ocean View Mine), Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USAi
Regional Level Types
Oceanview Mine (MS 6452; MS 6848; Ocean View Mine)Mine
Chief MountainMountain
Pala- not defined -
Pala DistrictMining District
San Diego Co.County

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 33° 23' 21'' North , 117° 3' 2'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 33.38944,-117.05083
GeoHash:G#: 9muvbqq5t
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Csa : Hot-summer Mediterranean climate
Nearest Settlements:
Rainbow1,832 (2011)9.3km
Temecula112,011 (2017)14.7km
Aguanga1,128 (2011)18.2km
Fallbrook30,534 (2011)18.6km
Valley Center9,277 (2011)19.1km

The Oceanview mine is a patented lode mining claim located in the N2SW4SW4 Sec. 13, and a small portion of the N2SE4SE4 Sec. 14, T9S R2W SBM, approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Pala, mostly on the northeast slope of Chief Mountain.

The principal workings are in the Oceanview pegmatite dike, part of which is exposed just within the western limits of the claim. The dike strikes north and dips about 30 degrees west. These early workings were noted by Richard Jahns and others to have produced beryl and quartz.

The Oceanview is the most northerly of the three east-trending claims which compose the Pala Chief group of lode mining claims. The property is contiguous with the Goddess claim, which is adjacent to the south.

A claim to the deposit was first made in 1907 by Frank A. Salmons and was named the Ocean View. The claim was part of the group of lode mining claims controlled by The Pala Chief Gem Mining Company, although ultimately the Ocean View claim was withdrawn from the patent application, and abandoned to the public domain.

The area of the original Ocean View remained open to mineral entry until 1970 when Joseph Zeld staked a mining claim on the deposit and performed minor work prospecting along several pegmatite exposures. In December of 1973, the mining claim was sold to Roland Reed of El Cajon.

Initial mining by Reed began in 1974, concentrating on the upper part of the Oceanview pegmatite. These workings produced several thousand pounds of quartz and feldspar crystals. Some of these matrixes weighed over 80 pounds each. Much of the quartz recovered was of near optical clarity. Well-formed pink beryls were also found, with some of the larger crystals weighing over a pound each. Many of the gem-quality morganite crystals were faceted into gems, yielding several flawless stones, with one of the largest weighing 100 carats. This stone is now part of the collection of the Houston Natural History Museum. A federal patent was granted to Roland Reed for the Oceanview lode mining claim in December of 1979.

In May of 1982, a pocket was opened that produced what were said to be some of the best morganite matrix specimens ever recovered from the area. Most of the upper portion of the pegmatite was completely removed by Reed, and work has since concentrated on the lower, downdip portion of the pegmatite located on the adjacent Elizabeth R. mine, an unpatented lode mining claim. Around September of 2000, the Oceanview property was sold to Jeffrey Swanger and Stephen Koonce of Escondido.

The Oceanview property now serves as equipment storage and a staging area for underground mining operations at the Oceanview adit on the Elizabeth R. lode mining claim, as well as the location for commercial fee-for-dig mineral dump screening operations which are open to the public on weekends by reservation.

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Pacific PlateTectonic Plate

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

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11 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Albite var: Cleavelandite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Formula: Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Beryl var: Aquamarine
Formula: Be3Al2Si6O18
Beryl var: Goshenite
Formula: Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Beryl var: Morganite
Formula: Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Formula: Mn2+Nb2O6
Formula: Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
'Feldspar Group'
'Feldspar Group var: Perthite'
'Garnet Group'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
'Mica Group'
Formula: K(AlSi3O8)
Formula: LiAl(PO4)(OH)
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Formula: Cu5(PO4)2(OH)4
Formula: SiO2
Formula: Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Formula: LiAlSi2O6
Spodumene var: Kunzite
Formula: LiAlSi2O6
Formula: A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Group 9 - Silicates
var: Cleavelandite9.FA.35Na(AlSi3O8)
var: Aquamarine9.CJ.05Be3Al2Si6O18
var: Goshenite9.CJ.05Be3Al2(Si6O18)
var: Morganite9.CJ.05Be3Al2(Si6O18)
var: Kunzite9.DA.30LiAlSi2O6
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Feldspar Group'-
'var: Perthite'-
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'Mica Group'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 61 - CYCLOSILICATES Six-Membered Rings
Six-Membered Rings with [Si6O18] rings; possible (OH) and Al substitution
Six-Membered Rings with borate groups
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
var: Cleavelandite
var: Aquamarine
var: Goshenite-Be3Al2(Si6O18)
var: Morganite-Be3Al2(Si6O18)
'Feldspar Group'-
'var: Perthite'-
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'Mica Group'-
var: Kunzite

List of minerals for each chemical element

H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H PseudomalachiteCu5(PO4)2(OH)4
H SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
H ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
H MontebrasiteLiAl(PO4)(OH)
Li SpodumeneLiAlSi2O6
Li Spodumene (var: Kunzite)LiAlSi2O6
Li ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Li MontebrasiteLiAl(PO4)(OH)
Be BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
Be Beryl (var: Goshenite)Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Be Beryl (var: Morganite)Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Be Beryl (var: Aquamarine)Be3Al2Si6O18
B SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
B TourmalineA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
B ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O PseudomalachiteCu5(PO4)2(OH)4
O QuartzSiO2
O BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
O Beryl (var: Goshenite)Be3Al2(Si6O18)
O Beryl (var: Morganite)Be3Al2(Si6O18)
O Columbite-(Mn)Mn2+Nb2O6
O AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
O MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
O SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
O Beryl (var: Aquamarine)Be3Al2Si6O18
O SpodumeneLiAlSi2O6
O Spodumene (var: Kunzite)LiAlSi2O6
O TourmalineA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
O ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
O Albite (var: Cleavelandite)Na(AlSi3O8)
O MontebrasiteLiAl(PO4)(OH)
O Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
Na AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Na SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Na ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Na Albite (var: Cleavelandite)Na(AlSi3O8)
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
Al Beryl (var: Goshenite)Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Al Beryl (var: Morganite)Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Al AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Al MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Al SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Al Beryl (var: Aquamarine)Be3Al2Si6O18
Al SpodumeneLiAlSi2O6
Al Spodumene (var: Kunzite)LiAlSi2O6
Al ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Al Albite (var: Cleavelandite)Na(AlSi3O8)
Al MontebrasiteLiAl(PO4)(OH)
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
Si BerylBe3Al2(Si6O18)
Si Beryl (var: Goshenite)Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Si Beryl (var: Morganite)Be3Al2(Si6O18)
Si AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Si MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Si SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Si Beryl (var: Aquamarine)Be3Al2Si6O18
Si SpodumeneLiAlSi2O6
Si Spodumene (var: Kunzite)LiAlSi2O6
Si ElbaiteNa(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Si Albite (var: Cleavelandite)Na(AlSi3O8)
Si Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
P PseudomalachiteCu5(PO4)2(OH)4
P MontebrasiteLiAl(PO4)(OH)
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
K MicroclineK(AlSi3O8)
Mn Columbite-(Mn)Mn2+Nb2O6
Fe SchorlNa(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Cu PseudomalachiteCu5(PO4)2(OH)4
Nb Columbite-(Mn)Mn2+Nb2O6

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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66 - 145 Ma

ID: 2703489
Gabbro, undivided

Age: Cretaceous (66 - 145 Ma)

Description: Massive, coarse-grained, dark-gray and black biotite-hornblende-hypersthene gabbro.

Reference: Kennedy, M.P., and S.S. Tan. digital prep. by Bovard et al. Geologic Map of the Oceanside 30’ x 60’ Quadrangle, California. California Department of Conservation California Geological Survey. [131]

Cretaceous - Triassic
66 - 251.902 Ma

ID: 2776321
Mesozoic gabbroic rocks, unit 2 (undivided)

Age: Mesozoic (66 - 251.902 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Cuyamaca Gabbro; Elk Creek Gabbro; Gold Park Gabbro-Diorite; San Marcos Gabbro; Summit Gabbro

Description: Gabbro and dark dioritic rocks; chiefly Mesozoic

Comments: Mostly small exposures of gabbro and diorite scattered in western Klamath Mts., Sierra Nevada, Coast Ranges, Mojave Desert, and Peninsular Ranges Original map source: Saucedo, G.J., Bedford, D.R., Raines, G.L., Miller, R.J., and Wentworth, C.M., 2000, GIS Data for the Geologic Map of California, California Department of Conservation, Division of Mines and Geology, CD-ROM 2000-07, scale 1:750,000.

Lithology: Major:{diorite,gabbro}

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]

66 - 145 Ma

ID: 3186295
Mesozoic intrusive rocks

Age: Cretaceous (66 - 145 Ma)

Lithology: Intrusive igneous 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


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Merrill 14:699.
Jahns, R. H. and Wright, L. A. (1951), Gem and Lithium-Bearing Pegmatites of the Pala District, San Diego County, California. California Division of Mines special report 7A: 72 p.
Weber, F. H. (1963), Geology and mineral resources of San Diego County, California. California Division of Mines and Geology, County Report 3: p. 109.
Rocks & Minerals (1990), 65:349.
Sinkankas, J. (1997), Gemstones of North America. Vol. 3. Beryl; Tucson, Arizona: Geoscience Press Inc.; pages 57-58, 526 pp.
Fisher, J. (2002), Gem and rare-element pegmatites of southern California. Mineralogical Record 33(5): 388-389.
Osborn, P. (2007), Personal communication between Phil Osborn of Hemet and Scott L. Ritchie; Overview of work including adit development, petrology, lithology, bonanza pocket zone encountered, and gemstones recovered during the Oceanview mining operation. Feb.
Mroch, W. (2008), The History of the Oceanview Gem Mine. Gem and Mineral Exploration Company. Cypress, Orange County, California. May.
Mauthner, M. H. F. (2008), The Forty-niner Pocket, Oceanview Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, California. Rocks & Minerals 83(4): 292-297.

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