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Kerr McGee Mine (Kermac Mine; Kerr McGee Mine; Vertac Mine; Fermetia Mine; New Mexico Potash Mine; Mississippi Potash East Mine; Intrepid Potash East Mine; Hobbs Potash facility), Carlsbad Potash District, Eddy Co., New Mexico, USAi
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Kerr McGee Mine (Kermac Mine; Kerr McGee Mine; Vertac Mine; Fermetia Mine; New Mexico Potash Mine; Mississippi Potash East Mine; Intrepid Potash East Mine; Hobbs Potash facility)Mine
Carlsbad Potash DistrictMining District
Eddy Co.County
New MexicoState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 32° 30' 15'' North , 103° 46' 55'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 32.50417,-103.78222
GeoHash:G#: 9ty0ymhn6
USGS MRDS Record:10012333
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Loving1,409 (2017)38.1km
Loco Hills126 (2011)39.5km
Malaga147 (2011)41.4km
Livingston Wheeler609 (2017)41.4km
La Huerta1,246 (2011)41.7km


A potash mine located in sec. 4, T21S, R31E, NMM, in Eddy and Lea Counties.

NOTE: The time periods for the alternate names are: Kermac mine (1965-1975); Kerr McGee Mine (1975-1985); Vertac Mine (1985-1988); Fermetia Mine (1988-1989); New Mexico Potash Mine (1989-1996); Mississippi Potash East Mine (1996-2004); and, Intrepid Potash East Mine (2004-present).

Regions containing this locality

North America PlatePlate
Carlsbad Potash District, New Mexico, USAMining District

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.


Mineral List


15 valid minerals.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 3 - Halides
Carnallite3.BA.10KMgCl3 · 6H2O
Halite3.AA.20NaCl
Sylvite3.AA.20KCl
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anhydrite7.AD.30CaSO4
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Kainite7.DF.10KMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2O
Kieserite7.CB.05MgSO4 · H2O
Langbeinite7.AC.10K2Mg2(SO4)3
Leonite7.CC.55K2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
Polyhalite7.CC.65K2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
Group 9 - Silicates
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Montmorillonite9.EC.40(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Muscovite9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Illite9.EC.15K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX
Halite9.1.1.1NaCl
Sylvite9.1.1.2KCl
Group 11 - HALIDE COMPLEXES
AmBX3
Carnallite11.1.2.1KMgCl3 · 6H2O
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anhydrite28.3.2.1CaSO4
Miscellaneous
Langbeinite28.4.4.1K2Mg2(SO4)3
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
A2B(XO4)2·xH2O
Leonite29.3.3.3K2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
AmBn(XO4)p·xH2O, with (m+n):p < 3:2 and > 1:1
Polyhalite29.4.5.1K2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Kieserite29.6.2.1MgSO4 · H2O
Group 31 - HYDRATED SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq·xH2O
Kainite31.7.1.1KMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2O
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
var: Illite71.2.2d.2K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 clays
Montmorillonite71.3.1a.2(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Chlorite Group'-
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H CarnalliteKMgCl3 · 6H2O
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
H KainiteKMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2O
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H KieseriteMgSO4 · H2O
H LeoniteK2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
H Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
H PolyhaliteK2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
OOxygen
O AnhydriteCaSO4
O CarnalliteKMgCl3 · 6H2O
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O HematiteFe2O3
O Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
O KainiteKMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2O
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O KieseriteMgSO4 · H2O
O LangbeiniteK2Mg2(SO4)3
O LeoniteK2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
O Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
O PolyhaliteK2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
O QuartzSiO2
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
NaSodium
Na HaliteNaCl
Na Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
MgMagnesium
Mg CarnalliteKMgCl3 · 6H2O
Mg KainiteKMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2O
Mg KieseriteMgSO4 · H2O
Mg LangbeiniteK2Mg2(SO4)3
Mg LeoniteK2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
Mg Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Mg PolyhaliteK2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
AlAluminium
Al Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Si QuartzSiO2
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
SSulfur
S AnhydriteCaSO4
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S KainiteKMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2O
S KieseriteMgSO4 · H2O
S LangbeiniteK2Mg2(SO4)3
S LeoniteK2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
S PolyhaliteK2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
ClChlorine
Cl HaliteNaCl
Cl SylviteKCl
Cl CarnalliteKMgCl3 · 6H2O
Cl KainiteKMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2O
KPotassium
K SylviteKCl
K CarnalliteKMgCl3 · 6H2O
K Muscovite (var: Illite)K0.65Al2.0[Al0.65Si3.35O10](OH)2
K KainiteKMg(SO4)Cl · 3H2O
K LangbeiniteK2Mg2(SO4)3
K LeoniteK2Mg(SO4)2 · 4H2O
K PolyhaliteK2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca AnhydriteCaSO4
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Ca PolyhaliteK2Ca2Mg(SO4)4 · 2H2O
FeIron
Fe HematiteFe2O3

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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Holocene - Gelasian
0 - 2.588 Ma



ID: 2828192
Piedmont alluvial deposits

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Description: Includes deposits of higher gradient tributaries bordering major stream valleys, alluvial veneers of the piedmont slope, and alluvial fans. May locally include uppermost Pliocene deposits.

Comments: Original map source: Green, G.N., Jones, G.E., and Anderson, O.J., 1997, The Digital Geologic Map of New Mexico in ARC/INFO Format: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-0052, 9 p., scale 1:500,000.

Lithology: Major:{unconsolidated alluvium}

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]

Paleocene
56 - 66 Ma



ID: 3193162
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Paleocene (56 - 66 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary 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

References

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USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10126242.
Simmons, P.S. (2013), The Carlsbad Potash Basin, Carlsbad, New Mexico. Mineralogical Record: 44(1): 13-49.


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