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Sun Valley Mine (Jay Rird claims), Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs Mining District, Coconino Co., Arizona, USAi
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Sun Valley Mine (Jay Rird claims)Mine
Marble CanyonTown
Vermillion Cliffs Mining DistrictMining District
Coconino Co.County
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° 44' 9'' North , 111° 47' 2'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Bitter Springs452 (2011)16.6km
LeChee1,443 (2015)33.6km
Page7,490 (2017)35.3km
Big Water467 (2017)39.9km


A former U-Mo-Rh occurrence/mine with traces of Cd-Zn-Cu-Pb-Fe located in the W½ sec. 32, T39N, R6E, G&SRM, 15.7 km (9.8 miles) SW of Marble Canyon (town), in canyon about 2 miles WSW of Cliff Dwellers Lodge, on state owned land. Owned by Upetco (1958). Owned & operated by Bemco Mining, California (1958).

Mineralization is an U deposit hosted in Late Triassic sandstone of the Shinarump Conglomerate Member of the Chinle Formation. The ore body is "U" shaped (bend of paleostream channel) at the bottom 2.5 foot of the channel with some carbonized plant remains. It is 39.62 meters thick, 121.92 meters wide and 304.8 meters long. Pods are 2 feet by 3 feet. Conglomerate is underlain by Moenkopi Formation rocks. Radiation level is 20x background. Local rocks include rocks of the Moenkopi Formation.

Uraninite is associated with carbon matter and pyrite, sphalerite and galena. Secondary minerals include zippeite, betazippeite and uranyl phosphate. Molybdenum content is as high as 10%, as ilsemannite and unusually high rhenium @0.07 - 1.5%. Mineralization in a Shinarump scour channel in Moenkopi Formation. The chert-quartz pebble conglomerate is in a U-shaped bend, 1,000 feet long by 400 feet wide and contains 130 feet of Shinarump Member rocks. Best ore occurs in the basal 4 feet of the channel.

Workings include underground openings with a length of 121.92 meters (400 feet).

Production was several hundred tons (1956-1959). 286 tons of ore were mined @ 0.285% U3O8 (1955-1956).

Analysis test results: Average grade around 0.2% U3O8. Mo content as high as 10%.

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North America PlateTectonic Plate
Colorado Plateau, USAPlateau

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10 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Description: A gangue mineral.
Reference: Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 103-159, 202-289
Coconinoite (TL)
Formula: Fe3+2Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O
Type Locality:
Description: Occurs in seams 1 mm or less in thickness, mostly along bedding planes of a light colored arkosic sandstone that is fine-grained, poorly sorted & thinly bedded.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 180; Young, E.J., et al (1966), Coconinoite, a new uranium mineral from Utah and Arizona, Am.Min.: 51: 651-663.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 103-159, 202-289
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 263; Petersen, R.G. (1960), Detrital-appearing uraninite in the Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation in northern Arizona, Econ.eol.: 55: 138-149; Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 103-159, 202-289.
Ilsemannite
Formula: Mo3O8 · nH2O
Description: Abundant on walls of older mine workings in uranium deposits in a paleo-stream channel filled with Shinarump conglomerate.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 258, 431; Petersen, R.G., et al (1959), An occurrence of rhenium associated with uraninite in Coconino Co., AZ, Econ.Geol.: 54: 254-267.
Jordisite
Formula: MoS2
Description: Abundant on walls of older mine workings in uranium deposits in a paleo-stream channel filled with Shinarump conglomerate.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 263; Petersen, R.G. (1960), Detrital-appearing uraninite in the Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation in northern Arizona, Econ.eol.: 55: 138-149; Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 103-159, 202-289.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 263, 406; Petersen, R.G., et al (1959), An occurrence of rhenium associated with uraninite in Coconino Co., AZ, Econ.Geol.: 54: 254-267; Petersen, R.G. (1960), Detrital-appearing uraninite in the Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation in northern Arizona, Econ.eol.: 55: 138-149; Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 103-159, 202-289.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 263, 406; Petersen, R.G., et al (1959), An occurrence of rhenium associated with uraninite in Coconino Co., AZ, Econ.Geol.: 54: 254-267; Petersen, R.G. (1960), Detrital-appearing uraninite in the Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation in northern Arizona, Econ.eol.: 55: 138-149; Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 103-159, 202-289.
Uraninite
Formula: UO2
Description: As replacements of rounded detrital grains.
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 263, 406; Petersen, R.G., et al (1959), An occurrence of rhenium associated with uraninite in Coconino Co., AZ, Econ.Geol.: 54: 254-267; Petersen, R.G. (1960), Detrital-appearing uraninite in the Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation in northern Arizona, Econ.eol.: 55: 138-149; Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 103-159, 202-289.
Zippeite
Formula: K3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2O
Reference: Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 431; Petersen, R.G., et al (1959), An occurrence of rhenium associated with uraninite in Coconino Co., AZ, Econ.Geol.: 54: 254-267; Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C.Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 103-159, 202-289.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Jordisite2.EA.30MoS2
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Ilsemannite4.FJ.15Mo3O8 · nH2O
Uraninite4.DL.05UO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Zippeite7.EC.05K3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2O
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Coconinoite (TL)8.EB.35Fe3+2Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Jordisite2.12.11.1MoS2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Miscellaneous
Ilsemannite4.6.3.1Mo3O8 · nH2O
Group 5 - OXIDES CONTAINING URANIUM OR THORIUM
AXO2·xH2O
Uraninite5.1.1.1UO2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 31 - HYDRATED SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Miscellaneous
Zippeite31.10.4.1K3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2O
Group 43 - COMPOUND PHOSPHATES, ETC.
Hydrated Compound Phosphates, etc·, Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
Coconinoite (TL)43.5.5.1Fe3+2Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H CoconinoiteFe23+Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O
H ZippeiteK3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2O
H IlsemanniteMo3O8 · nH2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O CoconinoiteFe23+Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O
O UraniniteUO2
O HematiteFe2O3
O ZippeiteK3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2O
O IlsemanniteMo3O8 · nH2O
O CalciteCaCO3
AlAluminium
Al CoconinoiteFe23+Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O
PPhosphorus
P CoconinoiteFe23+Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O
SSulfur
S CoconinoiteFe23+Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S ZippeiteK3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2O
S JordisiteMoS2
S GalenaPbS
KPotassium
K ZippeiteK3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2O
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
FeIron
Fe CoconinoiteFe23+Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe HematiteFe2O3
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
MoMolybdenum
Mo JordisiteMoS2
Mo IlsemanniteMo3O8 · nH2O
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS
UUranium
U CoconinoiteFe23+Al2(UO2)2(PO4)4(SO4)(OH)2 · 20H2O
U UraniniteUO2
U ZippeiteK3(UO2)4(SO4)2O3(OH) · 3H2O

References

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US Atomic Energy Commission Preliminary Reconnaissance Report PRR-RR-253 (158 a).
Tagg (1951) U.S. Atomic Energy Commission TM-212.
Isachsen, Y.W., and Evensen, C.G. (1956) Geology of uranium deposits of the Shinarump and Chinle Formations on the Colorado Plateau, in Page, L.R., and others, Contributions to the geology of uranium and thorium by the U.S. Geological Survey and Atomic Energy Commission for the United Nations International Conference on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, Geneva, Switzerland, 1955: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 300, p. 263-280.
Petersen (1957), USGS-TEL 690, Book 1: 158.
Petersen, R.G., et al (1959), An occurrence of rhenium associated with uraninite in Coconino County, Arizona, Economic Geology: 54: 254-267.
Petersen, RG. (1959), Detrital appearing uraninite in the Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation in northern Arizona: A preliminary report: U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Trace Elements Investigation Report TEI-435, 25 p.
Petersen, R.G. (1960), Detrital-appearing uraninite in the Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation in northern Arizona, Economic Geology: 55: 138-149.
Young, E.J., et al (1966), Coconinoite, a new uranium mineral from Utah and Arizona, American Mineralogist: 51: 651-663.
King, R. (1969) USGS & Arizona Bureau of Mines, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (1969), Mineral and Water Resources of Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 180 (USGS Bull.871): 235.
Peirce, H.W., S.B. Keith and J.C. Wilt (1970), Coal, oil, natural gas, helium, and uranium in Arizona, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 182: 218.
Hicks, C.J. (1979), Molybdenum occurrences in Arizona, Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Minerals Report No. 3: 15.
Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 161.
Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.: 180, 258, 263, 406, 431.
U.S. Bureau of Mines (1995), Minerals Availability System/Mineral Industry Location System (MAS/MILS), U.S. Bureau of Mines, file ID #0040050443.
USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, deposit ID #10027290 & 10258448.
Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Sun Valey Mine file.
Arizona Department of Mineral Resources, Sun Valley Mine file.
Marble Canyon NTMS.
U.S. Bureau of Mines crib printout #W016026.
USGS Emmet Wash, Arizona, quadrangle 15 minute topo map.
USGS MRDS ID #M002734.

USGS MRDS Record:10258448
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