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Vivet Eye area nitrate deposits, Vivet Eye, Riverside Co., California, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 34° 4' 20'' North , 114° 26' 58'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 34.07241, -114.4497

Nitrate deposits located in/around T1S, R23 & 24E, SBM, in the area from where the Santa Fe Railroad crosses the Colorado River in San Bernardino County, South to the Vivet Eye peak (not reflected by name on topo maps) in the extreme NE corner of Riverside County, in all comprising about 10 square miles.

NOTE: The geographic coordinates presented are arbitrary to the extreme NE corner of Riverside County and serve only to place this locality in context.

Mineralization is nitrates occurring as surface efflorescences, in shales of lake beds, on slopes of hills and heavier deposits to about 1 foot (0.3 meter) or more thick, chiefly in porous volcanic breccias. Abundance decreases rapidly with depth.

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Turner, Henry Ward (1907), The sodium nitrate deposits of the Colorado: Mining and Scientific Press: 94: 634-636.

Ingalls, Walter Renton, ed. (1908) The Mineral Industry, Its Statistics, Technology and Trade during 1907, Vol. XVI, Hill Publishing Co., New York & London: 833.

Noble, Levi Fatzinger (1931), Nitrate deposits in southeastern California, with notes on deposits in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico: USGS Bulletin 820: 54.

Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 279, 342.

Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 342.

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