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Beryllium Virgin claim, Paramount Canyon, Sierra Co., New Mexico, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 33° 25' 35'' North , 107° 57' 45'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 33.4263888889, -107.9625

The site is located about 400 yards south of NM State Rt. 59 about four miles west of Boiler Peak. There is a gravel storage area adjacent to the road where one can park. Bixbyite, pseudobrookite, and cassiterite can be found in cavity (lithophyseal) fillings and wood tin veins that crop out in the steep slopes leading to the bottom of the canyon.

Mineralization is hosted in the Taylor Creek Rhyolite.

Mineral List

18 valid minerals.

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Tin Deposits of the Black Range, Catron and Sierra Counties New Mexico; USGS Bulletin 922-M.

Bixbyite and Pseudobrookite from the Tin-Bearing Rhyolite of the Black Range, New Mexico. American Mineralogist (1942): 27: 305-322.

Oxide Minerals in miarolitic rhyolite, Black Range, New Mexico.
American Mineralogist (1976): 61: 425-430.

Tin Mineralization within Rhyolite Flow Domes, Black Range, New Mexico;
New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Open File Report 57,

By Frank S. Kimbler, Robert J. NarsavageMineralogical Record (1985): 16(2): 137-145.

Mineralogical Record (1989): 20(1): 54-55.

Mineralogical Record (1991): 22(5): 384.

Kimbler, Frank S. and Robert J. Narsavage; New Mexico Rocks & Minerals: the collecting guide (including maps).

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