Melvin Benally No. 1 Mine (Melvin Benally #1), West Carrizo Mining District, Carrizo Range, Apache Co., Arizona, USAi
|Regional Level Types|
|Melvin Benally No. 1 Mine (Melvin Benally #1)||Mine|
|West Carrizo Mining District||Mining District|
|Carrizo Range||Mountain Range|
A former U-V occurrence/mine located in approximate secs. 31 & 32, T39N, R29E, G&SRM, in the SW Carrizo Mountains. The geographic coordinates presented are approximate to the center of sec. 32. There is no record of a sec. 30 or 31 in this T&R.
Mineralization is a U-V deposit with tyuyamunite-type ore that occurs as pods and lenses hosted in sandstone of the median horizon of the Salt Wash Member, Morrison Formation.
Workings include underground openings comprised of a drift (sic).
Production was 147 tons @0.18% U3O8 and 1.59% V2O5.
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Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
1 valid mineral.
Rock Types Recorded
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Detailed Mineral List:
| ⓘ Tyuyamunite|
Formula: Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona – Final Report, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143 (81) (March 1981). RME-2071: 118.
List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification
|Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides|
|ⓘ||Tyuyamunite||4.HB.25||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification
|Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES|
|AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+|
|ⓘ||Tyuyamunite||40.2a.26.1||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
List of minerals for each chemical element
|H||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
|O||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
|Ca||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
|V||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
|U||ⓘ Tyuyamunite||Ca(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O|
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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|Early Jurassic - Late Triassic|
174.1 - 237 Ma
|Mesozoic sedimentary rocks|
Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 237 Ma)
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. 
|Toarcian - Norian|
174.1 - 227 Ma
|Glen Canyon Group|
Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 227 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Navajo Sandstone; Kayenta Formation; Moenave Formation
Description: Conspicuous red, cross-bedded Wingate Sandstone and the conspicuously cross-bedded, eolian, red to buff Navajo Sandstone form prominent cliffs in northern Arizona. These two sandstone units are separated by variably colored siltstone, silty sandstone, and sandstone of the Kayenta and Moenave Formations. (180-210 Ma)
Comments: Original map source: Arizona Geological Survey, DI-8 Geologic Map of Arizona, Digital Spatial data for the Geologic Map of Arizona, v. 3.0, edited by S.M. Richard and S.M. Kneale, 2002, 10 p., 2 DOS HD disks. Arc/INFO export file (.e00) format, scale 1:1,000,000.
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.