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Sunrise Mine, Sun Valley, Petrified Forest Mining District, Navajo Co., Arizona, USAi
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Sunrise MineMine
Sun ValleyTown
Petrified Forest Mining District- not defined -
Navajo Co.County
ArizonaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
34° 54' 8'' North , 109° 54' 24'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Sun Valley316 (2011)16.3km
Woodruff191 (2011)18.3km
Holbrook5,019 (2017)22.9km
Joseph City1,386 (2011)39.4km
Snowflake5,666 (2017)46.0km


An U-V occurrence located in sec. 4, T17N, R23E, G&SRM, about 16.3 km (10.1 miles) ESE of Sun Valley and 11.3 km (7.0 miles) SW of Adamana (Apache County), on National Park Service land (Petrified Forest National Park). The geographic coordinates presented are for the center of sec. 4. This locality is not listed in the USGS MRDS database. NOTE: Collecting on National Park land is strictly prohibited.

Mineralization is carnotite in the upper part of the Sonsela sandstone in
the Petrified Forest Member of the Chinle Formation.

Workings include surface openings comprised of rim strippings.

Production was 14 tons @0.10% U3O8; 0.21% V2O5, and 3.4% CaCO3 (1957). This are may have come from stockpiles on the Bill Gill Lease on adjacent Section 33.

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North America PlateTectonic Plate
Colorado Plateau, USAPlateau

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1 valid mineral.

Rock Types Recorded

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Carnotite
Formula: K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
Reference: Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 225.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Carnotite4.HB.05K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 40 - HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES
AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+
Carnotite40.2a.28.1K2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
OOxygen
O CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
KPotassium
K CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
VVanadium
V CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
UUranium
U CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O

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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Early Jurassic - Late Triassic
174.1 - 237 Ma



ID: 3185972
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 237 Ma)

Lithology: Sandstone-conglomerate

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]

Norian - Carnian
208.5 - 237 Ma



ID: 2719040
Chinle Formation

Age: Late Triassic (208.5 - 237 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Chinle Formation

Description: Colorful mudstone, such as in the Painted Desert, and less abundant lenses of sandstone and conglomerate, deposited by a large river system. This unit typically is eroded into badlands topography and contains clays that are prone to shrinking and swelling. (210-230 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.

Lithology: Major:{mudstone}, Minor:{sandstone,conglomerate}

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]

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Scarborough, Robert B. (1981), Radioactive occurrences and uranium production in Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Report for U.S. Department of Energy (Atomic Energy Commission), GJBX-143. RME-2071: 225.
USGS Petrified Forest quadrangle 15 minute topo map.
Saint Johns NTMS.
U.S. Department of Energy files.


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