Cave Mine (Cave Mountain Mine; Cave Creek Mine; Cave Canyon Mine; Silver Plume Mine; Snow Drop Mine), Hartford District (Huachuca Mountains District), Huachuca Mts, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||31° 23' 9'' North , 110° 19' 5'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||31.38583,-110.31806|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Sonoran Desert, North America|
A former small underground Zn-Pb-Cu-Ag mine located in SE ¼ sec. 33, T23S, R20E, on National Forest land. First produced 1946. Operated by the Cave Mountain Mines Corp. (circa 1947).
Mineralization is partly oxidized, irregular replacement deposits of lead and zinc mineralization in exotic blocks of Paleozoic limestone in Triassic-Jurassic volcanics which are badly faulted and cut by Tertiary rhyolite dikes. Workings include tunnels. Produced 565 tons of ore (1946-47); or, 388 tons containing 73,716 pounds of Zn, 50,281 pounds Pb, 3,938 pounds Cu and 285 oz. Ag.
6 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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|Tithonian - Bajocian|
145 - 170.3 Ma
|Jurassic sedimentary and volcanic rocks|
Age: Jurassic (145 - 170.3 Ma)
Description: Sandstone and conglomerate derived from volcanic rocks with associated intermediate-composition lava flows, breccias, and tuffs. In southern Arizona this unit includes rocks of the Artesa sequence, Pitoikam Formation, Mulberry Wash volcanics, Rudolfo Red Beds, Recreation Red Beds, and Gardner Canyon Formation. In western Arizona it includes the Harquar Formation, rocks of Slumgullion, and related(?) unnamed units in the Kofa and Middle Mountains. This unit is characterized by maroon, brown, and purplish-gray volcanic-lithic sandstone and siltstone, with subordinate to abundant conglomerate, quartz-rich sandstone and sparse limestone. (150-170 Ma)
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. 
Keith, Stanton B. (1973), Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology, Index of Mining Properties in Cochise County, Arizona: Geological Survey Branch Bull. 187: 65 (Table 4).
Ludington, S. (1984) Preliminary mineral-resource assessment of the proposed Miller Peak Wilderness, Cochise County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 84-0293, 10 p.: 3-4.
Tuftin, S.E. and Armstrong, R.C. (1994) U.S. Bureau of Mines Open File Report Mineral Land Assessment (MLA) 1-94.
Arizona Department of Mineral Resources file data, Cave Creek Canyon.
MRDS database Dep. ID file # ?? and #10113095, MRDS ID #M241047, MAS ID #0040030048.