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Anchor Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USAi
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Anchor MineMine
Magdalena DistrictMining District
Socorro Co.County
New MexicoState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
34° 7' 11'' North , 107° 11' 22'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Magdalena911 (2017)5.0km
Lemitar330 (2011)26.1km
Polvadera269 (2011)26.4km
Chamizal101 (2011)27.6km
Socorro8,722 (2017)28.3km


The Anchor mine is located at the end of the road in Anchor Canyon and about 1.25 miles east-northeast of the Hardscrabble Camp. It was opened about 1885 and is said to have produced rich ore with a total value of about $60,000. The mine consisted of seven claims over 125 acres. The mine was abandoned in 1893 when the price of silver was devaluated, forcing most silver mines to close. The Anchor mine was reopened in 1924 by the C. and M. Ores Co., owned by Ian Mactavish of Magdalena, that operated the mine intermittently. They built a small gravitational concentration and flotation mill to treat the ore. One report indicates 20 tons of lead-silver concentrates were shipped to the ASARCO mill in El Paso which yielded 12.5 ounces of silver per ton but only .02 ounce of gold per ton. Mining was abandoned in 1926. The workings consisted of an inclined shaft from which two levels were driven, and a tunnel 900 feet long. The tunnel and lower portion of the shaft were flooded in a 1929 inspection.

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16 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Acanthite
Formula: Ag2S
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22; GF Loughlin (1942) Geology and ore deposits of the Magdalena mining district, New Mexico. USGS Professional Paper 200.
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Min Rec 20:1 pp13-24; GF Loughlin (1942) Geology and ore deposits of the Magdalena mining district, New Mexico. USGS Professional Paper 200.
Hemimorphite
Formula: Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22; GF Loughlin (1942) Geology and ore deposits of the Magdalena mining district, New Mexico. USGS Professional Paper 200.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22; GF Loughlin (1942) Geology and ore deposits of the Magdalena mining district, New Mexico. USGS Professional Paper 200.
Scheelite
Formula: Ca(WO4)
Reference: Minerals of New Mexico 3rd ed.
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22
Silver
Formula: Ag
Habit: wire
Reference: Min Rec 20:1 pp13-24; GF Loughlin (1942) Geology and ore deposits of the Magdalena mining district, New Mexico. USGS Professional Paper 200.
Smithsonite
Formula: ZnCO3
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22; GF Loughlin (1942) Geology and ore deposits of the Magdalena mining district, New Mexico. USGS Professional Paper 200.
'Wad'
Reference: GF Loughlin (1942) Geology and ore deposits of the Magdalena mining district, New Mexico. USGS Professional Paper 200.
Wulfenite
Formula: Pb(MoO4)
Reference: NMBMMR New Mexico Mineral symposium (2003) p. 22

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Acanthite2.BA.35Ag2S
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 3 - Halides
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Smithsonite5.AB.05ZnCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Scheelite7.GA.05Ca(WO4)
Wulfenite7.GA.05Pb(MoO4)
Group 9 - Silicates
Hemimorphite9.BD.10Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Wad'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Acanthite2.4.1.1Ag2S
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Smithsonite14.1.1.6ZnCO3
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Scheelite48.1.2.1Ca(WO4)
Wulfenite48.1.3.1Pb(MoO4)
Group 56 - SOROSILICATES Si2O7 Groups, With Additional O, OH, F and H2O
Si2O7 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [4] coordination
Hemimorphite56.1.2.1Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Wad'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C CerussitePbCO3
C SideriteFeCO3
C SmithsoniteZnCO3
OOxygen
O BaryteBaSO4
O QuartzSiO2
O CalciteCaCO3
O WulfenitePb(MoO4)
O CerussitePbCO3
O SideriteFeCO3
O SmithsoniteZnCO3
O HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
O ScheeliteCa(WO4)
FFluorine
F FluoriteCaF2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
SSulfur
S GalenaPbS
S BaryteBaSO4
S AcanthiteAg2S
S PyriteFeS2
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca FluoriteCaF2
Ca ScheeliteCa(WO4)
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe SideriteFeCO3
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn SmithsoniteZnCO3
Zn HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
MoMolybdenum
Mo WulfenitePb(MoO4)
AgSilver
Ag SilverAg
Ag AcanthiteAg2S
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
WTungsten
W ScheeliteCa(WO4)
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb WulfenitePb(MoO4)
Pb CerussitePbCO3
USGS MRDS Record:10175316

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