Questa Molybdenum Mine (Questa Mine; Moly Mine; R and S Mine), Questa, Taos Co., New Mexico, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||36° 42' 15'' North , 105° 30' 23'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||36.70417,-105.50639|
|Köppen climate type:||Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate|
A molybdenum-rhenium mine owned by Molycorp, a subsidiary of Unocal Corp. Produced 4,760 tons of Mo in concentrates (1984). In 2011, the mine was declared a superfund site - on June 2, 2014 the mine was declared permanently closed.
Located nine miles from Questa, the mine opened in 1916 as the R&S Molybdenum mine. It was purchased by Molycorp Minerals in 1950 and became a subsidiary of Chevron in 2005. Formerly an open pit excavation, the Chevron Questa mine had operated as an underground mine since 1982.
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
26 valid minerals.
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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|Pliocene - Eocene|
2.588 - 56 Ma
|Tertiary intrusive rocks of intermediate to silicic composition|
Age: Cenozoic (2.588 - 56 Ma)
Description: Includes monzonitic to granitic plutons, stocks, laccoliths, and porphyritic dikes in deeply eroded magmatic centers; and andesitic, dacitic, or rhyolitic plugs and dikes near cauldrons or stratovolcanoes. In the Latir field, fine-grained rhyolitic dikes commonly cut coarse-grained granitic plutons. Includes alkaline laccoliths, plugs, and dikes in Colfax County. North-trending dikes near Capitan include some mafic diabase dikes.
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.