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Melones Mine, Carson Hill Gold Mining Company Mines (Carson Hill Mines), Melones, Carson Hill District (Melones District), Mother Lode Belt, Calaveras Co., California, USAi
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Melones MineMine
Carson Hill Gold Mining Company Mines (Carson Hill Mines)Group of Mines
Melones- not defined -
Carson Hill District (Melones District)Mining District
Mother Lode BeltBelt
Calaveras Co.County
CaliforniaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 38° 1' North , 120° 30' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 38.01667,-120.50000
GeoHash:G#: 9qf23bwx4
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate


A former Au mine located in secs. 13 & 24, T2N, R13E, MDM, 0.5 km (1,700 feet) NNW of Melones site and 1.4 km (0.9 mile) SSE of Carson Hill (town) on the SE slope of Carson Hill (summit).

NOTE: This mine is not listed in the USGS MRDS database.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


14 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Altaite
Formula: PbTe
Reference: Mineralogical Record (1989) 20:129-142
Calaverite
Formula: AuTe2
Reference: Genth, Frederick Augustus (1868); Contributions to mineralogy, No. 7: American Journal of Science, 2nd. series: 45: 314; Dana 6: 1095; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 109; Mineralogical Record (1989) 20:129-142
Coloradoite
Formula: HgTe
Reference: Mineralogical Record (1989) 20:129-142
Gold
Formula: Au
Description: .870 - .899 fine. Occurs with unspecified tellurides.
Reference: Hanks, Henry Garber (1884), Fourth report of the State Mineralogist: California Mining Bureau. Report 4, 410 pp.: 388; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 17; Mineralogical Record (1989) 20: 129-142.
Hessite
Formula: Ag2Te
Reference: Blake, Wm. P. (1868a), The melons tellurides; letter to G. Küstel: Mining & Scientific Press: 16: 178; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 286; Mineralogical Record (1989) 20:129-142
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Habit: Octahedra
Colour: Black
Description: Occurs as well-formed crystals in talc schist.
Reference: Knopf, Adolf (1929), The Mother Lode system of California: USGS Professional Paper 157, 88 pp.: 37; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 125.
Melonite
Formula: NiTe2
Reference: Mineralogical Record (1989) 20:129-142
Millerite
Formula: NiS
Reference: Mineralogical Record (1989) 20:129-142
Molybdenite
Formula: MoS2
Reference: Knopf, Adolf (1929), The Mother Lode system of California: USGS Professional Paper 157, 88 pp: 39; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 268; Mineralogical Record (1989) 20: 129-142.
Petzite
Formula: Ag3AuTe2
Reference: Blake, Wm. P. (1868a), The melons tellurides; letter to G. Küstel: Mining & Scientific Press: 16: 178; Dana 7: I: 163 & 186; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 286; Mineralogical Record (1989): 20: 129-142.
Sylvanite
Formula: (Au,Ag)2Te4
Description: Prominent.
Reference: Silliman, Benjamin, Jr. (1868a), Note on three new localities of tellurium minerals in California and on some mineralogical features of the mother vein: California Academy of Natural Sciences Proceedings: 3: 378-379; Browne, J.R. (1869), Report of J. Ross Browne on the mineral resources of the states and territories west of the Rocky Mountains (US Treasury Dept.), 674 pp., H.H. Bancroft and Co., San Francisco [reprint of 2]: 62; Hanks, Henry Garber (1884), Fourth report of the State Mineralogist: California Mining Bureau. Report 4, 410 pp.: 384, 388; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 357; Mineralogical Record (1989) 20: 129-142.
Talc
Formula: Mg3Si4O10(OH)2
Description: Occurs as talc schist.
Reference: Knopf, Adolf (1929), The Mother Lode system of California: USGS Professional Paper 157, 88 pp.: 37; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 125.
Tellurium
Formula: Te
Description: Occurs as foliated masses with Au-tellurides.
Reference: Küstel, Guido (1866), Communication: Berg- u. hüttenm. Zeit, Band 25: 128; Genth, Frederick Augustus (1868); Contributions to mineralogy, No. 7: American Journal of Science, 2nd. series: 45: 312; Silliman, Benjamin, Jr. (1868a), Note on three new localities of tellurium minerals in California and on some mineralogical features of the mother vein: California Academy of Natural Sciences Proceedings: 3: 379; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 51; Mineralogical Record (1989) 20: 129-142.
Tetradymite
Formula: Bi2Te2S
Reference: Hanks, Henry Garber (1884), Fourth report of the State Mineralogist: California Mining Bureau. Report 4, 410 pp.: 388; Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 125; Dana 7: I: 163 & 186; Mineralogical Record (1989) 20:129-142

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
'Gold'1.AA.05Au
'Tellurium'1.CC.10Te
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
'Altaite'2.CD.10PbTe
'Calaverite'2.EA.10AuTe2
'Coloradoite'2.CB.05aHgTe
'Hessite'2.BA.60Ag2Te
'Melonite'2.EA.20NiTe2
'Millerite'2.CC.20NiS
'Molybdenite'2.EA.30MoS2
'Petzite'2.BA.75Ag3AuTe2
'Sylvanite'2.EA.05(Au,Ag)2Te4
'Tetradymite'2.DC.05Bi2Te2S
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Magnetite'4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 9 - Silicates
'Talc'9.EC.05Mg3Si4O10(OH)2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Semi-metals and non-metals
Tellurium1.3.4.2Te
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Hessite2.4.2.1Ag2Te
Petzite2.4.3.3Ag3AuTe2
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Altaite2.8.1.3PbTe
Coloradoite2.8.2.5HgTe
Millerite2.8.16.1NiS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Tetradymite2.11.7.1Bi2Te2S
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Calaverite2.12.13.2AuTe2
Melonite2.12.14.1NiTe2
Molybdenite2.12.10.1MoS2
Sylvanite2.12.13.3(Au,Ag)2Te4
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Talc71.2.1.3Mg3Si4O10(OH)2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
OOxygen
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
MgMagnesium
Mg TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
SSulfur
S MilleriteNiS
S MolybdeniteMoS2
S TetradymiteBi2Te2S
FeIron
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
NiNickel
Ni MeloniteNiTe2
Ni MilleriteNiS
MoMolybdenum
Mo MolybdeniteMoS2
AgSilver
Ag HessiteAg2Te
Ag PetziteAg3AuTe2
Ag Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
TeTellurium
Te AltaitePbTe
Te CalaveriteAuTe2
Te ColoradoiteHgTe
Te HessiteAg2Te
Te MeloniteNiTe2
Te PetziteAg3AuTe2
Te Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
Te TelluriumTe
Te TetradymiteBi2Te2S
AuGold
Au CalaveriteAuTe2
Au GoldAu
Au PetziteAg3AuTe2
Au Sylvanite(Au,Ag)2Te4
HgMercury
Hg ColoradoiteHgTe
PbLead
Pb AltaitePbTe
BiBismuth
Bi TetradymiteBi2Te2S

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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Mesozoic - Paleozoic
66 - 541 Ma



ID: 2945447
Undivided pre-Cenozoic metavolcanic rocks, unit 2 (undivided)

Age: Phanerozoic (66 - 541 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Hodge Volcanic Series; Franklin Canyon Formation; Slate Creek Complex

Description: Undivided pre-Cenozoic metavolcanic rocks. Includes latite, dacite, tuff, and greenstone; commonly schistose.

Comments: Klamath Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert, and other areas. Miscellaneous volcanic and metavolcanic rocks, probably mostly Jurassic in age Original map source: Saucedo, G.J., Bedford, D.R., Raines, G.L., Miller, R.J., and Wentworth, C.M., 2000, GIS Data for the Geologic Map of California, California Department of Conservation, Division of Mines and Geology, CD-ROM 2000-07, scale 1:750,000.

Lithology: Major:{mafic volcanic,greenstone}, Minor:{felsic volcanic}, Incidental:{amphibolite, gabbro}

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]

Devonian - Silurian
358.9 - 443.8 Ma



ID: 3185269
Paleozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks

Age: Paleozoic (358.9 - 443.8 Ma)

Comments: Mccloud Arc

Lithology: Mudstone-carbonate-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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Küstel, Guido (1866), Communication: Berg- u. hüttenm. Zeit, Band 25: 128.
Blake, Wm. P. (1868a), The melons tellurides; letter to G. Küstel: Mining & Scientific Press: 16: 178.
Genth, Frederick Augustus (1868); Contributions to mineralogy, No. 7: American Journal of Science, 2nd. series: 45: 305-321.
Silliman, Benjamin, Jr. (1868a), Note on three new localities of tellurium minerals in California and on some mineralogical features of the mother vein: California Academy of Natural Sciences Proceedings: 3: 378-382; […Mining and Scientific Press: 16: 9 (1868)]: 378-379.
Browne, J.R. (1869), Report of J. Ross Browne on the mineral resources of the states and territories west of the Rocky Mountains (US Treasury Dept.), 674 pp., H.H. Bancroft and Co., San Francisco [reprint of 2]: 62.
Hanks, Henry Garber (1884), Fourth report of the State Mineralogist: California Mining Bureau. Report 4, 410 pp. (includes catalog of minerals of California pp. 63-410), and miscellaneous observations on mineral products): 384, 388.
Dana, Edward Salisbury (1892), System of mineralogy, 6th. ed., 1134 pp., Wiley & Sons, New York: 1095.
Knopf, Adolf (1929), The Mother Lode system of California: USGS Professional Paper 157, 88 pp.; […(abstract): Engineering & Mining Journal: 128: 24 (1929); […Geol. Zentralbl., Band 41: 364-367 (1930)]: 37, 39.
Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 834pp.: 163, 186.
Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 116, 250, 357, 268, 360, 362.
Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 17, 51, 109, 125, 148.
Mineralogical Record (1989) 20: 129-142.


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